When people realize that their life is almost over, they look back with a kind of clarity they never before had. It becomes apparent that the dreams they had been chasing all those years were the wrong ones.
They were living a life based on external pressure. Their goals were based on what they thought they should do, what they believed they were expected to do, or what someone else told them to do.
Time is a precious resource and, unfortunately, it is easier than ever to waste it in today’s world.
When you procrastinate and waste your valuable time, you become a slave to the past. You’ll have to work harder to play catch up, but you’ll just keep spinning your wheels. You’ll keep looking backwards instead of forwards.
If, instead of letting laziness win, you can be proactive and take care of what needs to be done now, you can confidently move into tomorrow without the shackles of yesterday holding you back.
Resist the urge to procrastinate, even though the temptation is everywhere.
6. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Even though most of us have probably heard this popular phrase, it can take a lifetime to fully understand it.
We believe the lies of the world, of other people, and from ourselves. We allow people to continually mistreat us and we choose to believe the words that promise it won’t happen again.
We tell ourselves that we are going to change our lives (get healthier, finish our education, make more money), but we never take action towards our goals.
The words provide temporary comfort, but action is what truly defines who we are and who others are.
If you can talk the talk, you should walk the walk. Be true to the words that leave your mouth, but trust others based on their actions rather than their words.
7. Kindness Is So Important
Smile at strangers who appear to be having a bad day. Give ten dollars to the woman who forgot her purse at home and is now embarrassed standing in line at the fast food restaurant with three screaming kids. Tell a joke to a friend who is hurting.
There are opportunities for kindness everywhere you look, and not a single one is too small.
Not only does kindness make a world of difference to those around you, it will also change your life. When you focus on being kind, you will bring so much positivity into each and every day. By helping others, you help yourself.
8. Show Gratitude
The older we get, the more we appreciate all the things we have in life. Yet we still tend to focus on all of the things that we do not have.
Of course, there are a million things we don’t have. But there are so many things we do have.
For example, because you are reading this article right now, it means that you have the education to be able to read, an internet connection, and a device enabling you to utilize that connection. There are many people in this world without any of those luxuries.
Establishing the habit of gratitude is the true key to happiness. With true appreciation, you will be enlightened in life. You will be able to live in the current moment and be thankful for all of the amazing things that make your life worth living.
So start taking the time today to appreciate everything you have. From the warm shower you are able to take each morning and the food in your pantry to the job you have and your family who you love.
Our lives should never be filled with regret, yet there is a remorse epidemic that plagues many people as they are dying.
These people realize that their lives would have been much fuller had they only learned these lessons earlier.
Don’t let these mistakes take away the beauty in your life. Take a moment to learn these life lessons today.
What lessons do you wish you had learned earlier on in your life? Leave a comment below to let us know.
Melissa Ricker is a nuclear engineer and a professional freelance writer specializing in career growth, technical writing and online entrepreneurship. She writes a blog, Engineered Motherhood, for working mothers who need help balancing career growth and time management.