Maybe you saw the YouTube video showing a huge chalkboard placed in the middle of New York City with the words “WRITE YOUR BIGGEST REGRET” written at the top. People of all descriptions began to write -- and there was one word that showed up in every response.
What do you think it was? PAUSE --”Anyone want to make a guess?”
It was the word “NOT” -- not finishing my MBA”, “not spending more time with the kids,” “not traveling the world,” “not starting a savings account in my 20s,” “not saying YES to things,” “not following my artistic talent,” “not being a better friend,”..
All these regrets have something in common. There are all about chances not taken, words not spoken, dreams never pursued. There were tears -- and there was one man who said “Thank you, thank you” several times.
Then the people who lingered were given an eraser. You should have seen the smiles as people wiped the board clean. One woman commented: “A clean board seems like where I want to be, seems like where I want to go. It’s hopeful. It means there’s possibility.”
It’s liberating to know that it’s not the missteps -- some of them colossal -- that I’ve taken in life that I’m likely to regret; it’s the steps not taken.
IT’S TIME TO TAKE SOME STEPS!
Susan is a published writer and motivational speaker with 30 years of experience, dedicated to guiding people to a life of financial invincibility and peace of mind.