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30 Ways to Live Life without Regrets

By on Mar 03, 2013



Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. – Jonathan Larson

The Ask for What You Want page here on The BridgeMaker is a place where readers can share what they want in life along with declaring their heart’s desire, secret wishes, unrealized dreams and their passion.

A reader, Debra, recently asked:

I want to believe that I can assist others in gaining the information they need to lead a fulfilling life for themselves as I am learning to do this for myself. I want to be able to run a business doing this type of advocacy.

When I read this, the sincerity of Debra’s passion touched me. In two heartfelt sentences, her request to live a life that matters – a life without regrets, motivated me to take a look at my own life.

It Mattered

Sometimes I can get so caught up in the act of living that I forget why I’m living. While it’s important to do what’s necessary; it’s also important to take time to reflect on the life I’m creating.

When my last day arrives, I want to look back and know my life mattered; that it counted for something. I want to close my eyes and feel my spirit excitingly begin its next journey without fear, anxiety or regret.

To help my spirit prepare, I try to live without regrets. Some days are easier than others, but on all days my goal is to live life with a free and intentional heart.

30 Ways to Live Your Life Without Regrets

When the necessary seems too much, rely on these 30 ways to live life without regrets to rekindle your spirit and get back to the business of creating your life:

  1. Take responsibility for your life and live every moment, every choice and every day like you own it.
  2. Keep moving forward even when life hits hard.
  3. Face your fears because you can’t avoid them and pretending like they don’t exist won’t make them go away.
  4. Live with a forgiving heart. Forgive others and yourself.
  5. Avoid the someday syndrome because it tempts you into believing that tomorrow is soon enough.
  6. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. – Author Unknown

  7. Treat others with kindness and see your life change for the better.
  8. Be your own best friend. Enjoy the person you are and the person you are becoming.
  9. Perfection isn’t required and mistakes are welcomed.
  10. Take a honest look in the mirror. If you see something that needs changing, be sure to start today – start right now.
  11. Be thankful for what you have because gratitude opens your heart wider to receive more abundance.
    today i am thankful
  12. Smile more. It’s a simple act that can help you get through some of life’s most challenging situations.
  13. Savor the moment – it’s the only one guaranteed.
  14. Look forward to the journey and all of the potholes and digressions along the way; not just the destination.
  15. Transform negative thoughts into positive beliefs by choosing to see what’s good in your life.
  16. Love what you do. If you aren’t passionate about your job, consider what you would love to do and then begin moving in that direction.

    We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

  17. Thinking differently gives you the ability to test different ideas and then finding which ones bring you the most happiness, peace and purpose.
  18. Become the person you want to be by stepping outside of your comfort zone and claiming your voice, realizing your worth and doing what you were made to do.
  19. Acknowledge your reality so you can change what needs changing and heal what needs healing.
  20. Make time to follow your heart’s desire.
  21. Letting go of negative attachments and past mistakes gives you the opportunity to let in happiness.
    let go of past mistakes
  22. Share your love and what is burning inside your heart so others can encourage you; inspire you and fill you back up with more love.
  23. Believe you can by taking charge of your own beliefs and expecting to see the best in yourself.
  24. Don’t waste time living someone’s life – live your life.
  25. Seek counsel, advise and the friendship when you get stuck and can’t see where your path is taking you.
  26. Know your truth. Find time to listen to your inner voice, your inner wisdom, by asking, What do I need? or What do I want?.

    If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live. – Anonymous

  27. Take a chance. You’ll never know what might happen.
  28. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
  29. Walk your path at your own speed and in your own way – it doesn’t matter how others how walking their paths.
  30. Flush the BS. Get rid of the Belief Systems that tell you that you are too young or too old; or that you’re not smart enough or too damaged to have the life you want.
  31. Ask for what you want – believe you are worthy to receive it.
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  • lana

    Great Article

  • chhabilal nepali

    There is excellece in your words…..something that we read with feelings….thank you so

    • http://www.thebridgemaker.com/ Alex Blackwell

      And thank you for reading and encouraging, too.

  • http://10stepstofindingyourhappyplace.blogspot.com/ Galen Pearl

    I love lists like this. There is something for everyone. Most of us will find some things on the list we are already pretty good at. That’s a great confirmation. Other things will catch our attention as things we can focus more on. That’s great inspiration and motivation. You end up feeling excited and eager at the end of a list like this rather than overwhelmed and discouraged. Bravo!

    • http://www.thebridgemaker.com/ Alex Blackwell

      Hi Galen. I’m glad you found something for you!