No regrets, just lessons learned. Here 19 simple ways you can incorporate in your daily life to help you live with no regrets.
In this article:
- Learn How to Deal with Failure
- Build Friendships
- Don’t Waste an Opportunity
- Focus on the Now and Ask Yourself What You’re Doing Today
- Practice Being Honest
- Allow Yourself to Cry
- Keep Your Passion Burning at Work
- Stop Crying Over Spilled Milk
- Don’t Be Swayed Easily
- Wish Everyone Well
- Choose the People You Trust
- Stay Away From Alcohol
- Focus on the Good
- Laugh More
- Show Empathy to People
- Create a Holistic Routine
- Organize Your Thoughts and Turn Them Into Action
- Don’t Judge Others and Yourself
19 Tricks To Living Life With No Regrets
1. Learn How to Deal with Failure
Living with no regrets entails learning how to deal with failures.
To do this, you need to learn how to change your perspective when you talk about failures. After all, failing teaches you lessons you would otherwise never learn.
Start by seeing failure as an opportunity to grow.
Living with no regrets every day also means learning to apologize. Say sorry when you’re at fault.
It doesn’t matter if the other person doesn’t accept your apology. If you did something wrong, apologize and make up for it, with all your heart.
Remember, saying sorry makes you feel free. It makes your soul feel light and your heart feel full.
3. Build Friendships
Making friends is an essential part of living your life with no regrets. Having a meaningful relationship with a friend can help you improve your sense of belonging.
Being with friends can also boost your happiness and take away your stress. It’s good to have somebody to share your up’s and down’s with and who’d inspire you to improve your life as they are.
4. Don’t Waste an Opportunity
When you come across a good opportunity, grab it. Don’t rely on other people to achieve.
One way to live life to the fullest is to follow the Eat What You Kill principle. This means you should never waste opportunities and maximize all the stepping stones that come your way.
5. Focus on the Now and Ask Yourself What You’re Doing Today
The most important day to think about is today. Ask yourself the question – “What am I supposed to do today?”
Even with the regrets you have, don’t forget you also have more opportunities along the way that can help you move forward. Practice this way of thinking when you start to feel regret about what happened in the past.
6. Practice Being Honest
Being honest is part of living life with no regrets because it helps you stay true to yourself.
By being honest, you can learn how to stop blaming others if things don’t work out. It also teaches you how to be accountable for your actions.
7. Allow Yourself to Cry
Unfortunate events will always be a part of life. To have no regrets, remember that you can’t stop bad things from happening.
So, accept both the good and bad in life. Cry if you must.
Don’t forget, mourning is a part of moving on. After all, it helps you release emotions.
Give yourself time to cry. And then, stand up, dust yourself, and move on.
8. Keep Your Passion Burning at Work
To live a full life, you must always keep your heart burning with passion at work. Avoid blaming other things when things aren’t going great with your career.
Just keep the fire burning and be passionate. If you don’t feel passionate about your job, then consider quitting.
9. Stop Crying Over Spilled Milk
To have no regrets, you also have to remember that you can’t always cry over spilled milk.
Stop yourself from focusing on the “could’ve/should’ve/would’ve been.” Remember, the choices you once made were in line with what you once wanted.
Focus instead of what you would do if a similar situation arises.
When you focus on what you have now instead of what you didn’t have, you also learn how to be grateful. Not only will this make you more appreciative, but it also teaches you how to achieve inner peace and acceptance.
10. Don’t Be Swayed Easily
Having an open mind prevents you from easily being swayed by other people’s beliefs.
When somebody says something, try to think of the opposite of that and don’t easily accept other’s ideas. Rather than wasting time glued in front of a screen being fed other people’s ideas, spend that time with your friends instead.
11. Wish Everyone Well
Wishing good upon everyone is one way to attract good opportunities for yourself. So, make this a habit.
Wish everyone well. Hope that everyone will have good health and a balanced life, and soon, you too may have these.
12. Choose the People You Trust
It’s very important to choose the people you surround yourself with. These are the people you enjoy being around with, and who genuinely care for the choices you make.
Remember, to live life to the fullest and with no regrets, you have to surround yourself with good people. Make sure they’re a positive influence.
Otherwise, the wrong people will just drag you down or to the wrong places.
13. Stay Away From Alcohol
Having vices prevents you from making good decisions. Not only will vices destroy your health, but it will also affect your mood and perspective.
Sure, have a drink once in a while, but don’t overdo it. Remember, alcohol is still a depressant so it’s best to limit consumption.
14. Focus on the Good
Every time regrets prick at your feelings, one way to manage your emotions is to choose to focus on the good.
This helps you trust the process of achieving personal growth. By focusing on the good, you become more appreciative of silver linings.
Remember, if those regretful moments didn’t happen, you wouldn’t be where you are now. You’re still here and your story’s not over.
15. Laugh More
Laughing reduces stress and can leave you in a good mood. It also brings you to the present and helps you forget the past.
It’s a powerful thing that can be achieved through something as simple as watching a funny movie.
16. Show Empathy to People
Look at the person on your left and on your right. You’d realize these are unique people, with their own unique beliefs and actions.
If you look deeper, you’d realize that everyone around you has their own stories — their own accomplishments and regrets.
Everyone in the community deals with their own kind of pain, just like you.
Pain makes us human after all. So, learn to sympathize and empathize with others who are just on the same journey as you.
17. Create a Holistic Routine
To overcome regrets in life, follow a daily practice to enrich your life holistically.
You can incorporate different habits that will help you improve your well-being in these four important aspects:
- Physical — Have an exercise routine to boost your physical health.
- Emotional — Practice being honest (but draw the line at being insensitive) — it may seem like a small act but it can have major impacts on your day. Removing toxic people from your life can also do wonders to improve your emotional wellbeing.
- Mental — Every day, you can write down ideas to keep your relaxation and creative juices flowing.
- Spiritual — Follow a routine that can enrich you spiritually. This can include praying, meditating, practicing gratefulness to remind you of the positive things in your life, letting of hurt through forgiveness, and studying spiritual texts.
18. Organize Your Thoughts and Turn Them Into Action
Following a routine requires discipline, especially for those steps you haven’t really been doing prior to deciding on having a routine. These steps may just be thoughts right now — abstract ideas that haven’t really been executed yet.
Organize your thoughts and make good decisions by labeling them as either “useful” or “not useful”. Through this, you can focus on the good and useful thoughts, and set aside the toxic ones.
19. Don’t Judge Others and Yourself
One way to learn how to stop judging yourself is to practice not judging others, especially people you don’t know.
Judging people just fuels insecurity and an inflated ego. It can also affect how you also view yourself, which can affect your emotional and mental health.
Remember, to live with no more regrets is to keep your soul light. Not only will it give you more social freedom, but it also makes you open to other people as well.
Getting up and brushing yourself off the dust of regret is hard. Sometimes, past actions can leave us feeling dry and empty.
But remember, to live life to the fullest is to avoid sulking in one corner forever. Pat yourself on the back, get up, and focus on the silver linings.
Accepting whatever life throws at you can help you live your life with no regrets.
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