The word “regret” has very little room in your future vocabulary. What you don’t want, and can’t afford to happen, is to look back in your past and utter the useless phrase, ”If only I had…”
Good, bad or indifferent, everything that happened in the past has fast become yesterday’s news. Granted, you probably learned something from each mistake you made (hopefully), and you took a bow or two for your success stories. Good for you, in both instances.
Yesterday is a memory, and tomorrow remains a dream. Today is your true reality. What can you do today to make a difference in the lives of your clients and prospects? That is the only question worth asking as you bounce down the road. What difference can you make? Make your answer meaningful so that tomorrow, when you look back at today, you can be proud of what you recall.
I’m reminded of a TV commercial that depicted a grandfather surrounded by three young children. He’s holding a toy Harley-Davidson motorcycle, telling his grandchildren about the good old days and how he was planning to buy a motorcycle and ride off into the sunset on two wheels with grandma on the back. The kids listened, mesmerized.
One of the kids asked gramps if he owned a Harley Davidson. With remorse in his voice, the grandfather sheepishly replied that he invested in aluminum siding instead. The kids immediately retreated to seek out more exciting stories from grandma. Grandpa looked disheartened.
I have nothing against aluminum siding, but the lesson here is clear. Eliminate should have’s, would have’s, and could have’s, and focus on those accomplishments that actually excite your imagination.
For the rest of this year, make up your mind to make decisions that will add a little juice to your resume. Put the bounce back in your step and make your grandchildren think you are really cool and fun to be around.
Go ahead. Stick your neck out a bit and live life a little larger than usual. You will soon see that in most cases, it doesn’t hurt a bit.
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