Reclaim Your True Self: 15 Powerful Steps to Achieve Success and Leave Regret Behind

Have you ever felt lost – like you’ve taken a wrong turn and ended up somewhere you weren’t meant to be?

Perhaps you’ve been drifting through life, vaguely dissatisfied, without knowing why.

You may feel there’s something missing, some untapped potential lurking just beneath the surface.

The good news is it’s never too late to reclaim your true self and start living according to your values and highest purpose.

We will share 15 powerful steps to help you get unstuck from routines that don’t serve you, revive your passion, and redirect your efforts toward achievement and happiness.

By confronting your fears and past regrets head-on, and making simple yet meaningful changes each day, you have the power to transform your life beyond what you can even imagine.

It all begins with the courage to take the first step.

#1. Find Ways to Leverage Your Income to Do What You Want

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Settling for success comes with one key advantage: having the income you need to do the things you want. 

Take advantage of this benefit and start pursuing the things you dreamed of before selling out. 

After all, if things don’t work out entirely, you still have your current job to fall back on.

#2. Remember That There’s Always Time

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There’s always time to do what you want to do.

Even if it feels like you’re starting late, it’s much better than not starting at all.

Remind yourself that you can do what you want to do now instead of living in regret moving forward.

#3. Evaluate the Price of Changing and Whether or Not You Can Pay It

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Everything comes at a cost. 

Settling for success comes at the cost of your ideal lifestyle. 

But what would you need to sacrifice now to make your dreams come true?

If you still want that, is it worth the price of everything you currently have?

Even though it might have been something you wanted once upon a time, it might not be something you want now.

#4. Truly Think About Where Your Path Would Have Taken You

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It’s very easy to think the grass would be greener on the other side. 

But take some time to think about how your life would have changed. 

Would you have hit those goals and seen things go as you pictured?

More often than not, life doesn’t align with our fantasies.

#5. See If You Can Find Minor Ways to Pursue Your Initial Passion

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Not all passions are destined to be the center of your life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to fit those passions into your life now. 

Maybe you can find an aspect of your career where you could do some of what you set out to do. 

If this isn’t possible, you could always start a business, side hustle, or even find a volunteer position that satisfies your dream. 

You don’t have to give up because you sold out and settled once. 

#6. Consider Seeing a Therapist

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Dealing with regret comes in different forms. 

Some people only long for a different life temporarily, then return to living their own shortly after. 

Others are deeply affected by their regret to the point where it impacts their ability to function. 

If you fall into the latter category, see a professional who can help you work through these feelings and help you figure out what to do next. 

#7. Build a Support System to Make Your Dreams Happen

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If you want to change your life, see if you can find a support system willing to make things happen. 

For example, if you have children and you’re looking to see the world, your parents or spouse’s parents might be willing to watch them briefly. 

Everyone needs a support system, especially during times of change. 

#8. Focus on the Benefits 

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There’s always a silver lining, even if you feel regret is defining your life at this moment. 

What do you like about what happened to you after selling out?

What aspects of your life are stable, awesome, or desirable?

Focusing on the benefits might not alleviate the sting of regret, but they can improve things.

#9. Consider Whether It’s Truly Regret or Misguided

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Sometimes, regret is caused by temporary idealism and what-ifs. 

Are you regretful, or is life very mundane right now, and you’re fantasizing about other things as a result? 

Not everyone who feels this experiences it permanently. 

It may be a minor issue that you’ll grow out of soon.

#10. Think About a Career Change Now

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If you’re truly unsatisfied, it’s important to remember that you still have control over your life. 

Unhappiness and regret shouldn’t characterize the rest of your life. 

Consider pursuing a career change now and developing a realistic action plan to get back on track.

#11. Cope With the Midlife Crisis and Find New Passions

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The reality is that very few people are happy with the direction that their lives have taken. 

This is quite common. 

While you can’t go back in time to change the trajectory of your life, you can make a conscious decision to accept that this is what you’re dealing with and find new passions that fit into the lifestyle you have today.

#12. Prioritize Self-Care and Introspection

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When life strikes, and you’re down about where you currently are, it’s time for some major self-care and introspection. 

Many people in this same position recommend journaling to identify some of your current needs and wants and make it a top priority to take stellar care of your health. 

You should also focus on doing more of what you want in your day-to-day life. 

#13. Understand That Certain Choices Are Sometimes Necessary

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You didn’t necessarily sell out. 

If you were in a tough financial spot, had people to support, or had nowhere else to go, you did what was necessary to survive. 

Reframe things if you’re beating yourself up over things you couldn’t have done differently.

#14. Did You Glorify Your Initial Goal?

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Our biggest mistake when it comes to regret is often believing that our goals are bigger or better than they actually are. 

We set ourselves up for disappointment with unrealistic expectations and then become overwhelmed when we fail.

To combat this, make sure you take a step back and remember why you wanted to accomplish your goal in the first place. If the goal was important enough for you to pursue it, then it’s still worth trying.

#15. Take Small Steps

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Rather than trying to meet all of your goals in one go, why not break them down into smaller pieces? 

This will help you stay motivated and organized as you keep moving forward.

It can also make it easier to track progress and measure success, providing a psychological boost along the way.

How to Embrace Change

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Change is a natural part of life, but most of us don’t like it.

We are creatures of comfort, enjoying are usual things.

But the sooner you embrace change, the happier you will be.

How to Embrace Change

How To Change Your Mindset

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Going from a negative mindset to a positive one can feel overwhelming.

But with a little guidance and tips, you can do this.

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

Things To Be Grateful For

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They say it’s the little things in life that bring us the most joy.

But too many times, we are too busy to acknowledge these things.

Here are over 50 small things about life to be grateful for.

THINGS IN LIFE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR

Create A Personal Mission Statement

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When you have a mission statement to guide you through life, make tough decisions is a lot easier.

Here is how to create your personal mission statement.

HOW TO CREATE A PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT

The Secret To Living A Happier Life

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Do you want to be happier? It’s a lot easier to get than you might think.

Here is a step by step plan to help you have a happier life and get more out of every single day.

HOW TO LIVE A HAPPIER LIFE

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