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When we are young, we are ignorant.
We think we know all there is to life and shun the advice of others.
But one day, we have our awakening. We realize we didn’t have it all figured out after all.
Some of us are lucky, we have this awakening when we are still young.
We have time to make changes and live life to the fullest.
For others, we don’t have this awakening until we are old and gray.
By then, it is too late to make any meaningful changes to your life.
While it is natural to feel some regret at times in our life, it is up to us to live our best life possible and limit regrets.
And by taking action now, you can limit the regrets you have in the future.
Below are 10 choices you will regret in 10 years if you don’t take action now.
You might not think these are big issues in the moment, but they will define the rest of your life.
The sooner you change, the sooner you can start living life and not watch it pass you by.
10 Choices You Will Regret In 10 Years Guaranteed
#1. Faking Who You Are
In our teenage years, we realize the power of peer pressure.
Some of us are able to deal with it, others give in.
Eventually, most of us figure it out and become our own person.
But there are times when we pretend to be someone we are not.
Over the years as we play this game, we lose more and more of our true self.
Then one day you wake up and realize you have been living a lie and not really living at all.
Don’t try to impress others or pretend to be someone you are not.
Be happy with who you are and live your life on your terms.
#2. Staying In Bad Relationships
This is most peoples biggest regret and is one almost everyone has experience in.
We stick with the wrong person because the good times are great, even though they are few and far between.
Or we see the shimmer of good in them, and try to stick it out until they find it themselves.
Worse yet, we stick around because we don’t think we deserve anyone better.
I beg of you to not make this mistake.
If you are making this mistake today, you need to accept reality and move on.
It isn’t easy to say goodbye to someone you care about.
But you will regret sticking with them someday soon.
One day, you will wake up and wonder where your life went.
You will think about all the people you could have met and the memories you could have made.
Always remember you are worthy of an amazing relationship. Don’t settle.
#3. Keeping Negative Relationships
Related to the above point is keeping negative relationships in your life.
This is about having negative people around.
They bring you down and sap you of your motivation and happiness.
If you have one of these people in your life, you know it.
And you know you need to cut ties with them.
It is not healthy for you, as you are limiting your happiness in life.
So make a list of the people who bring you down and figure out ways to limit your interactions with them.
You could spend less time with them in person, not talk on the phone so much, and more.
#4. Avoiding Change
We are creatures of habit. We love our routines.
It’s only natural then that we don’t like change.
But some of us take avoiding change too far.
We refuse to change anything.
If you are unhappy with how your life is going right now, you need to make a change.
Otherwise, in 10 years you will still be the same old you and everything else in your life will be the same too.
So take the first step now. Figure out one area in life you are unhappy and make a change.
This doesn’t have to be as drastic as quitting your job, but instead figure out what you want to do and create a plan for how to get there.
#5. Being Lazy
It’s easy to be lazy these days.
With technology, we can sit on the couch all day and watch TV and movies.
We can even have our food delivered to us.
But this is extreme laziness.
And by not taking action in life, you are going down a slippery slope.
Before you know it, 10 years will have passed and all those goals and dreams you had will be distant memories.
You don’t want that for yourself.
Start to take action now.
The first step is the hardest, but once you take it, things become easier.
Don’t sit there and let life pass you by because you aren’t in the mood to do something.
#6. Ignoring Your Finances
Your finances play a huge role in your success and happiness in life.
Sadly, many of us are horrible with money.
But just because you are bad with money now doesn’t mean you will be forever.
Take some time to learn the basics and apply them.
If you can simply learn to start saving something every month and live within your means, you are on the right track.
#7. Quitting Too Soon
How many times have you given up, admitting defeat too soon?
It’s understandable to give up when we fail, but there is a lesson that failure.
And learning from that failure will guide you on to success you never thought possible.
So next time you are thinking of quitting, don’t.
Take a step back and learn from it. Then push forward and try again.
Repeat this process until you succeed.
#8. Ignoring Your Health
This regret is tough because of how the human body works.
We can do all sorts of unhealthy things when we are young that don’t catch up to us until we are older.
But as we age, not only do our bodies slow down, but the poor choices we made in your younger years catch up.
So make the choice today to start taking care of your health.
Get a physical exam with blood work so you know where you stand.
If you are old enough, get the other tests your doctor recommends.
Then change your habits.
Start eating better and exercising.
You don’t have to completely change your life. Just take small steps.
Drink more water and go for a 20 minute walk 3 times a week.
As you get accustomed to this, you can make a few more changes.
#9. Not Creating Your Own Life
The hardest part of life is figuring out who you are.
Growing up, we have dreams, but because we don’t know who we are, we allow others dreams to guide us.
For some, this turns out OK.
For others, it’s a recipe for disaster.
You find yourself in a career you hate and you don’t know the person looking back at you in the mirror.
At some point, you need to live your own life and be your own person.
I’ll admit, this is not easy.
But the reward is priceless when you figure it out.
#10. Thinking The Grass Is Always Greener
It’s natural at times in life to be envious of others success.
But when we believe that others have it better than us, we enter into a troubled situation.
Depression, anxiety and envy over take our lives.
We are unhappy all the time and think everyone is out to do us wrong.
When we see someone else succeed, we give into the idea that the grass is always greener.
This needs to stop.
While in some cases, the grass is greener, most times it is not.
We only see the good parts. The bad is filtered from our view.
But the bad is there.
Think about how many times you see the perfect couple that has it all. Then one day you find out they are getting divorced.
To the public eye, everything was great.
But behind closed doors, the marriage was crumbling.
Learn that you only see what you see and there is more truth to every story.
Your life is all about the choices you make.
Every choice, every day has a consequence.
Some consequences you see immediately. Others aren’t realized for years.
In 10 years, where will you be?
Will you be a better person overall, or the same person as today?
Make sure you don’t make choices you will regret.
These are the ones that will have you wake up in 10 years wondering how you got here.
You only have one shot at life. So make the choices that will make it meaningful.
Jon Dulin is the passionate leader of Unfinished Success, a personal development website that inspires people to take control of their own lives and reach their full potential. His commitment to helping others achieve greatness shines through in everything he does. He’s an unstoppable force with lots of wisdom, creativity, and enthusiasm – all focused on helping others build a better future. Jon enjoys writing articles about productivity, goal setting, self-development, and mindset. He also uses quotes and affirmations to help motivate and inspire himself. You can learn more about him on his About page.