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    5 Ways Women Business Leaders Can Reduce Their Regrets in Life

    Sometimes, one is given the gift of “wake up calls” in life. These may come at inconvenient times and in painful ways. This was made very clear to me when I received the news that I had breast cancer recently, and I have spent the last few weeks sharing my wake up call with other women business leaders here in my blog.

    I’ve been thinking that rather than live with regrets in life, wouldn’t it be really great to give yourself a pain-free license to mitigate regret? The added bonus is a life lived with purpose!

    These are some great tips from Haley Rene in her recent post on Dumblittleman.com about ways to prevent regret in your life:

    1-Really think through your goals and dreams

    Ask yourself what you want your life to be like 10 years, five years, one year, and six months from now.

    Make a list of all of the things you would likely regret not doing. Here are some examples for inspiration:

    • Be able to bike 50 miles in one day (one year)
    • Overcome fear of flying to travel more (one year)
    • Master Italian and move to Italy (five years)

    2-Audit your current life

    To get where you are going, you need to know where you are. What activities get in the way of your goals? If you really want no regrets, you may need to give up or limit non-forward moving activities, such as TV or games, in favor of practicing a new hobby or working on your goals.

    3-Get help where you need it

    Some goals are hard to do on your own, but easier if you get professional help with them. Professional help can minimize time and effort when facing big goals that may seem daunting. A professional can hold you accountable when you would normally let things slide.

    4-Find ways to remind yourself

    It is really easy to become complacent and fall back into your comfort zone. You can use songs, images of your goals, notes to yourself in well placed locations, or really anything that can act as a reminder of your goal or dream.

    5- Track your progress

    This step is a must if you want to reach your goals and have no regrets. Find some way to track progress on all of your active goals. I keep a daily log where I write down what I eat, how I feel, and any steps taken towards my goals.

    I actually do many of the things Haley has suggested, and I find them to be helpful. What would you add to the list above?

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