The Biggest Thing You’ve Never Regretted

What’s the biggest thing you’ve never regretted?

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I used to take lots of risks. Then I grew up. Or got older, at least, and started worrying about money, settling down, putting my nonexistent kids through school… and the risk-taking dried up. All of a sudden I realised I was a bit afraid of change (when I used to embrace it!)

So often fear stops us in our tracks. We think we need to settle down, get a mortgage, be sensible – or even worse, realistic and live like everyone else. I know too many people who don’t like their job but feel tied in because of all the things they ‘need’.

Do you ever find yourself telling yourself all the reasons why you CAN’T do something:

  • I don’t have time
  • I can’t afford it right now
  • It’s not realistic to think that will work
  • I’ve got to grow up at some point
  • I’ll do it when I’ve saved a bit more
  • Etc
  • Etc
  • Etc…

Really, all those excuses are about fear.

When I look back, my bag of no-regrets adventures are some of my favourite memories!:

  • Quitting my grad job in a big 4 accounting firm well before I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and moving to London to sleep on friends’ floors and hope for a job. Got a job, travelled loads, met my husband.
  • Travelling solo around Italy making friends with EVERYONE when I was 22 after bravely ditching a very controlling boyfriend.
  • Heading to Sweden to finish uni, going dog sledding above the arctic circle with my bestie, cross country skiing on the snow-covered frozen Baltic Sea
  • Spending a year travelling around Africa, South America and India with my radical husbandito.
  • Leaving my big job in a big firm for big money to find something that makes me passionate and excited.
  • Spending the energy to invest in my friends. It takes time, and effort, and energy, and I love it.

Good times, right!?

So what are you afraid of right now?

What do you think you need but if you really ask yourself Why? you can’t answer yourself well?

What do your excuses stop you doing?

Don’t get me wrong, you can choose to live a stable life, in a stable home, and have a stable job with kids and a mortgage and a dog. But the point is you must choose it. Decide that’s what you want, and go after it with everything you’ve got, because if you can’t approach it with everything, then why give it anything. Find something that moves you.

Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul. Listen to that inner voice, and don’t get to the end of your life and say, ‘What if my whole life has been wrong?’

– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

I’ve found myself a bit paralysed by fear lately. There are things I want to do and changes I want to make, but I haven’t been doing them (see excuses listed above, plus plenty more!). There’s an impending change that I can’t control now though, as I’m about to give birth to my first kidlet. That ought to be a bit of a shake up!

I’m also life planning. Successful people set goals, so I’m setting some goals for my life. I’ll take you through that later on, but for today, I have a challenge for you.

  1. Look at something you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t. Ask yourself WHY? Work out what’s holding you back (bet you 5 big ones there’s a bit of fear going on in there) and see if you can make one small change towards your fear. Lean into your growing edge and make your life expand.
  2. Then comment below – What’s your dream? What step can you take towards it?

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Xx Sam

 

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4 Comments on The Biggest Thing You’ve Never Regretted

  1. coralynn
    September 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM (3 years ago)

    I recently read an article you wrote on Mind Body Green titled \’\I \hit my breaking point” and was intrigued to your site. Your article hit me a little too close to home, being couped up in an office cubicle and realizing one year out of college that there is absolutely no way you could do this for the rest of your life and be any kind of happy is extremely hard to come to terms with, especially when you thought about this life since you were 14. But now, with what I think is my passion figured out I am having a hard time taking the steps to pursue my dream of becoming a resoritive yoga instructor to help people like me who get lost along the winding path of life. I look forward to reading your blog and I am happy to say that I am hoping to quit my office job this week! – thank you for sharing your incredible stories!

    Reply
    • samantha
      September 2, 2014 at 11:09 PM (3 years ago)

      Hi Coralynn,
      Thanks so much for getting in touch, and what a beautiful passion!!! Have you seen this video?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448
      It’s pretty amazing, and as a restorative yoga teacher I bet it will make you well up! (it did me, anyway 😉
      CONGRATULATIONS on quitting your office job, that is huge!!
      My top tips are to find some people to support you. A coach, entrepreneurial friends, online forums. You need people around you who will support your dream and know that it is 100% possible to live a life you love, doing with that really lights you up.
      Huge luck honey!
      xxx

      Reply
  2. Kate @ Our Little Sins
    October 5, 2013 at 10:46 AM (4 years ago)

    I have an idea for a business… Mostly my thoughts about it are good and positive and although I’m scared I think I’ll go for it…but now and then a really nasty voice pops into my head that yells “WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING? IT WILL NEVER WORK…”

    The step I’m going to take today is: I’m going to contact four people I think might be able to help me – they all are involved in the textile industry somehow and might just have advice!

    Really needed to read this today! Thank you xo

    Reply
    • admin
      October 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM (4 years ago)

      Fantastic Kate!!!
      Let me know how it goes – I bet you get a positive response, way to step into your fears!
      xx

      Reply

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