Many of us have regrets in life. We look back on ‘what might have been’ and wonder how things would have turned out if we had made different decisions in the past.
One of the most empowering things you can ever learn is that…
Sometimes the only thing stopping you from becoming the person you might have been is the mistaken assumption that you have missed your best opportunities.
The moment you reject this negative assumption, a whole new world of opportunities opens up to you. Let’s look at some real life examples that will illustrate exactly what I’m talking about.
My friend Kate grew up with a love of dancing and musical theatre. Throughout her adult life, she often wished that she’d had the opportunity to sing and dance on stage when she was a young girl. However, for many years, she assumed that she had missed her opportunity.
After encouragement from her husband, Kate joined an amateur theatre company where she fulfilled a lifelong ambition to sing in the chorus of a musical production. Was it Broadway? – No, but for Kate it was one of the most satisfying and enjoyable experiences of her life.
Another great example is one of my music students Alan who started playing the clarinet as a young boy but had to give up when he left school to get a job. As an adult, Alan loved jazz and often regretted the fact that he had stopped playing. One day Alan came to see me and asked if I would consider teaching him. I agreed and over the next year he prepared for his grade one AMEB music exam.
Alan received an A+ in his exam and a special commendation for his effort. He was 74 years old. Will he ever play in a professional jazz band? – Probabaly not, but Alan now enjoys playing the clarinet a lot more than thinking about his lost opportunity.
Today I’d like to challenge you to think about ‘the person you might have been’ and I encourage you to reject the assumption that you have missed your best opportunities. Instead, become aware of the many opportunities that are still open to you and look for ways to reconnect with your childhood dreams and passions.
Always remember that your future holds far more opportunities than those you may have missed in the past. Once you understand this fact, you will discover that it really is never too late to become the person you might have been.
Until next time,
Dare To Dream!