…now before you think that I’m going to go into the story about you having regrets when you’re on your death bed I’m not.
Because, let’s face it, if that worked you’d be working your ass off and doing good things right now.
Plus, we all believe that we’re going to live forever.
So if looking at regret long-term doesn’t work, maybe it’s better to use it short term to make better decisions and take better actions.
What do I mean?
Well, let’s take a chocolate bar for a moment.
While you’re holding it in your hand it probably feels good.
You can imagine biting into it, probably see yourself dribbling like a big baby, but you know it’s going to feel good.
But how long does that good feeling last?
5 minutes, maybe 10 minutes afterward?
But what about regrets?
Have you ever eaten one and regretted it for hours afterward, or picked on yourself for being a weak so and so for falling for that temptation?
Chances are good, the regret lived far longer than the momentary feeling of goodness it gave you.
And you can use that for any decision or action you’re about to make.
‘Am I going to have regrets if I do this?’
‘Am I going to beat myself up if I do this?’
‘Will this affect my health, my relationships, or my bank balance if I take that action?’
If there’s a lot of regret on the other side, it mightn’t be the best action to take.
It might seem good for five minutes, but that’s as much as you’ll get from that action.
Or go the opposite way.
It might feel good to pass not taking an action….but will that come with a truckload of regret in the future?
Try it out for the next few days and let me know how you get on with it.
Me, my biggest regrets were holding off doing things I could have done a lot sooner.
Writing, Podcasting, Sending emails, and creating my own products.
What are you going to regret doing or not doing?
Go do them now.