If Only…

March 19th, 2012

by: Kelly Barnes

Don’t be an “if only” person.

An “if only” person has a list of things they wish they would have done. “If only I had traveled more.” “If only I had learned to play the piano, ran a marathon, went back to school…” These are the regrets that they encounter after it is too late to go back and do them.

Hopefully, for you, it is not too late to stop existing and start living. What memories do you want to make? Write them down. Don’t take a few minutes, take a few hours. Take the time to invest in you and make your life a story others will want to hear about. People spend more time deciding what they are going to wear than they do deciding how they are going to live.

Long before the movie “The Bucket List” was made, a 15 year old boy named John Goddard sat down at his kitchen table and wrote out his “life list.” There were 127 goals in all and they were BIG! Some were out of this world in fact. If you click on the link you can see them all and see what he has accomplished. It is truly amazing. What separates John Goddard from most people is not his financial situation or all the free time he has to do them; it is his drive. The 127 items he wrote down were not just goals, they were priorities.

I am sure your goals are difficult, hard to reach and they will result in some failure but remember there is no effort without error or shortcoming. Success is not in the achievement but in the try. If you do fail, at least you fail while doing and not from the sidelines wondering.

In 20-30-40 years will you have a head full of memories or a heart full of regret.

The greatest regret in a persons life is not to say they failed; it’s to say they never tried.

Go do the things you have dreamed of and then some.


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