Published by Richard Posner on November 25, 2015

Don’t “Should Have…” Yourself To Death

“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can’t build on it it’s only good for wallowing in.”
~Katherine Mansfield~ 

One of my favorite motivational speakers is Les Brown.  He said “Used-to-be’s don’t make honey.”   

How many things that you enjoyed in your youth have you discarded?  And how many of those things bring back fond memories?  And how many of those past events are you capable of doing now, if you put the effort into it?   

Be happy and empty of regret. 

If you can’t climb that mountain, then make it your noble goal to get back into decent enough shape to make the ascent again.  If you can’t spend a full day reading a book and getting enraptured by the fantasy world it opens, then make that time. 

And if you have “great” ideas and plans which you never seem to get off the ground, then resolve from this day forward to get things done. 

Never substitute should, would or might for actually doing something.   Should, would, might are the words of a person who has surrendered his or her soul.   

Affirm your life.  Nobody else will ever care more about you and your future than you do.  Excuses and procrastination are elements of a living hell.

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