I know many people say to regret nothing in life but seriously, have you ever really regretted anything? Ever? I have. In fact, just recently, I wished I hadn’t hit my snooze button and slept in. This may seem like something small, but because of my refusal to get up on time, my entire morning spiraled out of control.
Regrets or disappointments result from making bad decisions–even in midlife. While it is a possibility to learn from them, there are some instances where the damage that is done can have a lasting, negative effect on our lives. Also, not everything has to be complicated, often we make it that way. Many times, it’s the small stuff that we tend to push aside or overlook that gives us the most joy in life.
Make no mistake, there’s still so much to accomplish during the middle years of life and people are living longer these days. Here are six things you should address now if you aren’t already doing so:
Not starting your business.
Running a business is not for everyone, but anyone can do it. Life as an entrepreneur involves hard work, dedication, and consistency. If you’ve been obsessing and dreaming about life as the CEO of your own company, you should at least try. Some people let their dreams slip away because of procrastination or fear. Even if you don’t want to go out and open up a brick and mortar establishment, there are other options available such as online stores, blogging or even direct sales. Many men and women become so successful in direct sales and multi-level marketing to the point they are able to obtain and maintain a lavish and comfortable lifestyle (GOALS). There are so many resources available to help you get started in becoming a business owner. Don’t sleep on your dreams.
Neglecting your skin.
It’s easier to prevent skin damage than it is to correct it and with that, not all damage is reversible. Do yourself a favor and start taking care of your skin now. Behaviors such as sleeping in makeup, excessive tanning and picking at blemishes can cause permanent skin damage. See your dermatologist for any medical skin concerns and visit a reputable esthetician regularly to keep your skin in good shape. These professionals are trained to deal with skin in ways you think you are. Also, invest in quality, effective skincare. Make it a habit to read and learn about any ingredient you put on and in your body. Lastly, a healthy, active lifestyle is equally if not more important when it comes to being pretty (eyelash flutters). Start taking measures today to ensure you’re proud of your skin in the years ahead.
Struggling to keep up with the Joneses.
I see, you want those “Red Bottoms” too, right? Look, I get it because I was there–for a long time! However, I realized how the desire to acquire the same material possessions other people have can land an otherwise responsible person in a bad place financially. It can also lead to jealousy, hatred, and discontent. It’s okay to look to others for inspiration, but don’t be so obsessed until you get distracted and lose sight of your own goals and dreams. Don’t get me wrong, you absolutely CAN have whatever it is you want, but when you go after something, make sure it’s for the right reasons. Another point to consider is, we often only see one side of someone else’s story. You never know what a person went through to get what they have, or what they are going through because of what they have.
Not keeping up with dental hygiene.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d like to hold on to all of my teeth for as long as possible. Your smile is one of the best features you have. Failing to take care of your teeth and gums can lead to cavities, lost teeth and may cause health issues such as heart disease. Brush your teeth, floss, and have dentist check-ups regularly.
Wasting time trying to make people like you.
I’ve so struggled with this one in the past. What I’ve found to be fascinating is that many of the people whom I felt I wanted or needed to be close to, were not the best people for me. No matter who it is, don’t waste precious energy trying to make anyone accept you–this includes family and so-called friends. The truth is, you can’t. It’s not healthy or effective to hold on to failed or one-sided relationships. If a person continually shows that they don’t want to be a part of your life, it’s best to let them go.
Declining the opportunity to visit another country.
Travel is essential. It’s more valuable than material possessions, and a great way to expand your mind. Just think about how many different people and destinations there are in the world. The first time I flew in an airplane, I was six years old. That was over 35 years ago, and I still remember every detail of that trip. It was and still is one of my fondest memories. I knew then I wanted to see more of the world. Don’t confine yourself one place. If you get the opportunity to experience another country, take it. You’ll never be the same.
This week, think about those areas in your life that could benefit from implementing a few positive changes, and then get to work.
All the best, always.