Have you said to yourself that if you only knew then what you know now?
We all have at one point and unless you are Doctor Emmett Brown and have a DeLorean that can travel through time, this could be a challenge for you.
Instead let’s take a look at a study that another doctor, Dr Gerald Bell, had done with a large group of executives. These matured veterans of life were all asked one simple question:
If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?
Let’s look at the answers he got quickly and then dive into what we could learn from these answers to make more of our own life.
Dr Bell’s top 8 responses…
- I should have taken charge of my life and set my goals earlier. Life isn’t practice, it’s the real thing
- I would have taken better care of my health
- I would have managed my money better
- I would have spent more time with my family
- I would have spent more time on personal development
- I would have had more fun
- I would have planned my career better
- I would have given more back
Let us find a simple Chadalyst for each of these lessons. For those of you wondering, a Chadalyst is a tip from Chad that precipitates a change in the lives of others.
1. I should have taken charge of my life and set my goals earlier. Life isn’t practice, it’s the real thing. The best time to plant a tree, make an investment or start anything was yesterday, the second best time is today! Sit down at the end of the day today and put 15 minutes aside to begin thinking about and writing out your goals. Do this for 15 minutes at the end of everyday and you will easily fine tune your goals to what really matters to you.
2. I would have taken better care of my health. This one is simple if you want to not say the same thing as you reach the twilight years of your life, start to eat better or exercise! Even better do BOTH, right now. Eating better does not mean you have to give up the stuff you love, just limit it. Exercising doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon or have abs of steel, just walk 10,000 steps in a day, everyday.
3. I would have managed my money better. Pay yourself first. Most people have little or no savings. You dream of a vacation and it might take a year or two for you to save for it. Start saving now. Open an account at a bank you don’t normally use. Tell the bank to only allow deposits with your bank card. Once a month go deposit a set amount in that account. You will have to be sure before you take the time to withdrawn any funds.
4. I would have spent more time with my family. If this is something you think you might one day be saying, pull out your calendar and put aside time once a week for family and family only. Have a game night, a date night or a family dinner night and stick to it and set the example for the rest of your family.
5. I would have spent more time on personal development. Personal development is an ongoing process that should never end. Just by reading this blog, and others that we share with you, you are taking part in this. If you want to add more personal development head to the book store, or visit Amazon.com, and order up 3 books that you will read this year – and then do it!
6. I would have had more fun. This is one that many of us will wish we had done. Everyone needs more fun in their lives. Start adding it. Take that trip you have talked about (if you have done #3 and have the funds) go on that date night (you can kill two birds with one stone on this and also cross off #4) Understand that life will never be perfect and you will never get everything done. Add some fun to your calendar
7. I would have planned my career better. Career planning is a tough one. What is it that you love to do? Now how can you make that a career? Sit down and start your planning on this right away so you can you start having the career you have always wanted
8. I would have given more back. Give back more is one that many feel they could have done better. This is something that many don’t know how to do. If you don’t want to go take a night and help at a shelter you could just drop off some food. How about cleaning out your closet as you know it is full of stuff you don’t wear anymore and donate it? If you travel often as we do, we bring the soaps and lotions home and give them to a women’s shelter. If none of that is for you, donate funds. There are so many ways you can give to your community.
These 8 things that are the top answers when people wish they had done something differently could all be crossed off your list with a few simple steps now.
Good luck and here’s to making more of life!
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Chadalyst – You just read 8 of them above, do you really need a 9th?