"Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
Last time we started exploring how to live a regret-free life. This starts by embracing your mistakes, learning from past wrongs, and creating new thought patterns. Doing those things sets you up with a great foundation to start making decisions in a regret-free way.
4. Create new pathways. Thoughts lead to decisions and actions, so if you are controlling your thoughts, then you are also priming yourself in good decision-making. Since all the small decisions you make build up to create pathways in your life, it is important for the small decisions to align with the purpose of the pathways you want to create in your life. This is also called being true to yourself.
5. Check yourself. Take time to reflect on your days and decisions to see if you are making progress. I find the progress shows up in ways I didn't expect. Progress may not just be in the decisions I'm putting out there, it also appears in my attitude and responses I have to things that happen outside of myself. Now I realize I respond to some things with so much more love than I would have before. That's a good feeling that encourages you to stay the course.
6. Establish a support system. Find people and resources who will support you on your journey and engage them to help you on your mission to better decision making and regret-free living. These should be people you are close to that align with your values. They should also be willing to hold you accountable and be open and honest with you as you should also be with them. In addition to people, you can listen to music and read books that encourage you to grow and fight the good fight.
With time, practice, refection, and prayer if you pray, you will be on a journey to a better, more positive life. That doesn't mean adversity won't come your way or that you won't slip up, but your batting average will improve over time as your circumstances and maturity change. Most of all, release your past and try to live regret-free so you can live a full life. You can!