Are you willing to learn some of the most important lessons of your life?
This article might just end up acting as a wake-up call and you will be able to take a long, hard look at your life and re-evaluate all your priorities.
When we come to know that our life which we had taken for granted is coming to a close, most people immediately wish they had learned a few key lessons earlier.
Time and tide waits for none- this is one of the resources which we can never recover. Unfortunately, most of us realize this once it’s too late.
If you are reading this, take advantage of these 8 most important lessons that most people take a lifetime to learn:
1. Failures Are Lessons in Disguise
We learn the toughest lessons of life from our failures. While making big mistakes it doesn’t feel like an awesome learning opportunity at that very moment but that is exactly what they are. We should learn to embrace our mistakes instead of letting them weigh us down.
A person must also take risks in life and leave their comfort zone as often as possible, only then will he or she get to know his or her latent potentials more closely which will in turn result in their overall growth and prosperity.
Failures are never “the end of life” rather they make way towards a new beginning. Failures are gifts because they teach us to accept ourselves as we are. Additionally it teaches us to face the fear.
Hence, it is more commendable to face the things we fear than running away from it like cowards; who knows maybe the things which you are afraid to face today might become the main reason for your grand success tomorrow.
We cannot predict life, can we?
2. Live in the Moment
More often if not less we are stuck in between obsessing about the past and worrying about the future- neglecting the present. We do realize the importance of the present when it becomes past, right? What is the use then? Ask yourself.
Present is really a present, so we must try to make the maximum utilization of the present moment!
The hardcore fact is that- We cannot change anything from our past, because that time and those moments are gone forever and will never return back. Talking about the future, well, can we foresee it? No we cannot and so it is uncertain.
Now both of these Past and Future are beyond our control. So the only thing which we can have a great deal of control over is how we act and what we do with the time RIGHT NOW.
So close all doors that leads you to the past. Try to process the things you learned from there and apply the lessons to your current life and then never turn back to that page of the book. Yes, do plan for your future, but don’t over think about it.
Live in the present tense. Live for today.
3. Live for Yourself
How will you feel if you come to know that only a few hours is left in your hands and that you had been chasing the ‘wrong dreams’ all these years? Surely you will be highly disappointed with yourself and would be regretting for the next few hours left.
We all know that we are not immortal and that our time on this planet is seriously limited.
Don’t lead a life which is full of external pressure.
Think over whether your goals are based on what you thought you should be doing or like what has been expected from you or is it based on what other people told you to do- if you find any of these reasons to be valid then you should seriously think of changing your line of action before you start repenting.
We have only one precious life. Then why on Earth will we live it for someone else? We should have the courage to be true to our deepest desires.
Do ask yourself what it is that you really want out of your life, and then go for it.
4. Work Hard, But Don’t Work Too Hard.
In today’s world, everyone is competing in the rat-race. Life is becoming complicated and so is maintaining a proper lifestyle becoming costly. All of us are running for earning an extra penny; chasing our dreams and working hard to make them come true. But unfortunately most of us are lagging behind because of one major point-preserving the balance in between work and personal life.
This is one of the biggest regrets that dying people have and that is- they didn’t spend enough time with those who meant the most.
While it is definitely very important to pursue your dreams and work feverishly to accomplish your goals, it is equally important to strive to keep a balance in your life.
Think whether you are devoting enough time to your family, friends, and yourself- If the answer is no, please start it immediately! They are the ones you look up to everyday at the day end, isn’t it? They need you and you need them- that’s the ultimate truth.
5. Procrastination Turns You Into A Slave.
As already said earlier, Time is one of the most precious resources and unfortunately, it has become easier than ever to waste it nowadays.
When we procrastinate and waste our valuable time, we automatically become a slave to the past. One has to work harder to catch up, but in reality he or she will just keep spinning the wheels. He or she will keep looking backwards instead of forward.
A person need to be proactive and needs to take care of what needs to be done now at the moment i.e. he or she must know how to prioritize things in life, instead of letting laziness overpower him or her. Only then can the person move confidently into tomorrow without the shackles of yesterday holding him/her back.
We must learn to resist the urge to procrastinate, even though the temptation is unavoidable.
6. Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
All of us have probably heard this popular phrase several times, but it can take a lifetime to fully comprehend it.
People still believe the lies of the world, of other people, and of their own. We allow
people to continually mislead and misbehave with us and we choose to believe the words that promise it won’t happen again.
We assure ourselves that we are going to change our lives (get healthier, finish our education, make more money) but do we really take any action towards our goals? No we do not.
The truth is that: Words provide temporary comfort, but it’s the action which truly defines who we are and who others are. Actions have the potential to distinctly show what is what.
So if you can talk the talk, you should walk the walk also.
Try to prove your words, be true to the words that leave your mouth. Trust others only on the basis of their actions and not their words.
7. Kindness is the ultimate virtue.
We all must learn to give more than we receive. Whatever you are doing for any other human should be done with a genuine smile. For instance, Smile at strangers who appear to be having a bad day, give some money to the woman who forgot her purse at home and is now embarrassed standing in line at the fast food restaurant with three screaming kids or tell a joke to a friend who is upset.
You will feel content if you do anything of this sort for anybody with truest feelings from the core of your heart.
Every one of us has the desire to love and be loved.
Never forget to look around you because you will find that there are several opportunities for kindness everywhere and not a single one is too small.
Not only will kindness make a world of difference to those around you, but it will also change your life. When you focus on being kind, each and every day of your life will become positive.
8. Practice Gratitude
The older we get, the more we start appreciating all the things we have in our lives. Yet people have an inclination towards thinking about what they did not get in their lives.
Yes of course, there are a million things we don’t have. But again, there are so many things we do have. So we must really learn to be happy and content with whatever we have in our lives!
There are many people around us who do not even know what they will eat and wear tomorrow; do not have their families! So what about them? Think over again, do you still feel that you have got nothing much in your life?
Establishing a sense of gratitude is the true key to happiness. Your true appreciation will lead to your enlightenment in life. You will be able to live in the current moment and be thankful for all the amazing things that make your life worth living.
You are blessed. So start appreciating everything you have from today itself!
Many people around the world die with their hearts filled with remorse and regret. Some, on the other hand, realize lately that their lives could have been more fulfilling only if they had learned these lessons much earlier.
So do not let your mistakes steal away the spirit of living and the beauty of your life.
Always remember, your life is a blank canvas for you to paint it with vibrant colors.