If you want to live a life of passion, then it’s time for you to take more risks so you leave no regrets.
What we fear most is regret about what we didn’t do in life.
Each time you play it safe, you’re moving away from your authentic self and potentially from dreams for your life.
You get to decide on a daily basis whether you make decisions from a place of fear or go for what you want most.
What you focus on — your intention — is what you create in your life.
This is why it’s critical to be intentional.
“Death is not what we fear most,” says John Izzo, author of The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die. “What we fear most is not having lived to the fullest extent possible – to come to the end of our life and think, ‘I wish I had….'”
Izzo asked 200 people what they would want, if they could go back to their younger selves, one of the most common answers he found is they said they would take more risks.
Think about your life so far and ask yourself these questions:
- What has brought you the greatest happiness so far in your life?
- What are your regrets?
- What do you wish you had learned sooner?
- What mattered and turned out not to matter?
Each of us wants to feel as if we have lived our lives fully.
We want to feel as if our lives have meaning; we want to know that it mattered that we were here on this earth — that we had a sense of purpose.
I believe that true happiness is found by giving outside ourselves — forming a connection to something greater than ourselves.
Joseph Campbell said, “I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical place will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
Learn A New Way to Make Life Decisions
Learning how to make decisions about risk is one way to live your life to your fullest potential.
Here’s a novel way to begin to make life decisions:
Imagine your future self: you are sitting in a rocking chair on your front porch. Ask yourself, “Will I wish I made this decision?”
Choose the path that makes the best story.
Ask yourself, “When I am old, will I regret that I made this choice?”
When faced with a tough decision, ask your future self if this is a story you want to tell later in life.
- Would this make a good, adventurous story?
- Would you feel courageous looking back at this decision?
- Was there an element of risk involved?
Meaning is about a connection to something greater than yourself.
It’s about not being alone and connected to others. I call this your higher calling.
What is calling you?
Have you dismissed it or have you answered the call?
What legacy do you want to leave?
These are important questions to ask yourself. My personal goal is to explore these questions now while I have plenty of time to take on more exciting adventures in my life.
Now it’s your turn, do you take risks when weighing options or decisions?
Are you thinking about meaning, purpose, happiness and service? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below.
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