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Most Of Us Underestimate What We Can Achieve In 10 Years, Check This To Avoid Regrets

Most Of Us Underestimate What We Can Achieve In 10 Years, Check This To Avoid Regrets

Anyone can achieve their goals as long as they work on them diligently. It is human nature to want quick results, hence the common habit of overestimating what can be made in a year, and underestimating what 10 years can bring. Daily improvements can secure you only a little success, but when done over several years, the success is exponential.

Goals need to be planned in a way that they can be achieved with available resources and time. Take your time to prepare a medium-term plan with less ambitious short-term completion rates so that you do not burn out due to missed targets.

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Reasons why most people underestimate what they can do in 10 years

  • You may find that you are not sufficiently confident in your abilities to achieve a higher level of success in your 10-year plan, therefore setting a lower target. The actual level of achievement could be twice or thrice as high as what you set at the beginning, meaning you lose out on a lot of possibilities.
  • The social standards around us as we grow play a significant role in limiting our potential. The society may be averse to great success, making you slow down on your targets to fit in. Also, psychological conditioning may cause one to believe they cannot achieve a given level since such great achievements are only for certain people and not them.
  • Familiarity with your surroundings can prevent you from seeking new lands. Not leaving a comfort zone has kept many people from achieving what they potentially could.

To correct this and achieve what you are capable of, you should do the following:

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  1. Be fearlessly positive. Negative thoughts produce small thinking, imposing the “impossible” in your life. Think of the unlimited opportunities and embrace challenges.
  2. Visualize with no restraint. It is the lack of resourcefulness that holds people back, not the lack of resources. Envision the possibilities in the future instead of being stuck in the present or short term period.
  3. Dream big and be creative. The larger your belief, the greater your success. Brainstorm without censorship and think on how to develop your ideas into realities. Allow your imagination to flow freely, and let your dreams burn within you.
  4. Set a big long-term goal and follow it. Once you set a massive goal, focus on it with all your attention, and it will be achieved.
  5. Be inspiring. When you inspire the people around you, their success will be your success. The confidence attracts more like-minded people to your idea, making it a reality.
  6. Bite the elephant. Taking small bites of out a big goal will eventually get you where you want to go. Following through in small ways will add up to a big accumulation over 10 years.
  7. Believe in your abilities and that you have what it takes to achieve the goal you have set. Gauge your inner self, and check your feelings about what you can achieve in 10 years. If it feels like too little, then raise the stakes and push it to the end. Along the way, continually make assessments and adjust your expected level of achievement depending on circumstances that favor your success.
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Last Updated on June 23, 2019

20 Things People Regret the Most Before They Die

20 Things People Regret the Most Before They Die

Close your eyes and imagine that you’re at your own funeral—a bit morbid I know, but there’s a reason for it. Now think about what you’d like people to say about you. What kind of a life do you want to lead? People die with all kinds of regrets. Don’t be one of them.

1. I wish I’d cared less about what other people think.

It’s only when you realise how little other people are really thinking of you (in a negative sense) that you realise how much time you spent caring and wasting energy worrying about this.

2. I wish I had accomplished more.

You don’t have to have won an Oscar, built up a business or run a marathon, but having small personal accomplishments is important.

3. I wish I had told __ how I truly felt.

Even if the “one” doesn’t exist, telling someone how you truly feel will always save you from that gut wrenching”but what if…” feeling that could linger for life if you stay quiet.

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4. I wish I had stood up for myself more.

Sometimes, it’s too easy to think that if you go all out to please everyone you’ll be liked more or your partner won’t run off with anyone else. I think age probably teaches us to be nice but not at the expense of our own happiness.

5. I wish I had followed my passion in life.

It’s so easy to be seduced by a stable salary, a solid routine and a comfortable life, but at what expense?

6. I wish our last conversation hadn’t been an argument.

Life is short, and you never really know when the last time you speak to someone you love will be. It’s these moments that really stay clear in peoples’ minds.

7. I wish I had let my children grow up to be who they wanted to be.

The realisation that love, compassion and empathy are so much more important than clashes in values or belief systems can hit home hard.

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8. I wish I had lived more in the moment.

Watching children grow up makes you realise how short-lived and precious time really is, and as we age, many of us live less and less in the present.

9. I wish I had worked less.

There’s always a desire to have loosened up a bit more with this one and the realisation that financial success or career accomplishment doesn’t necessarily equal a fulfilled life.

10. I wish I had traveled more.

It can be done at any age, with kids or not but many talk themselves out of it for all kinds of reasons such as lack of money, mortgage, children, etc. When there’s a regret, you know it could have been possible at some stage.

11. I wish I had trusted my gut rather than listening to everyone else.

Making your own decisions and feeling confident in the decisions you make gives us fulfilment and joy from life. Going against your gut only breeds resentment and bitterness.

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12. I wish I’d taken better care of myself.

Premature health problems or ageing always makes you wonder if you’d eaten healthier, exercised more and been less stressed, would you be where you are today?

13. I wish I’d taken more risks.

Everyone has their own idea of what’s risky, but you know when you’re living too much in your comfort zone. In hindsight, some people feel they missed out on a lot of adventure life has to offer.

14. I wish I’d had more time.

Many people say time speeds up as we age. The six weeks of summer holidays we had as kids certainly seemed to last a lifetime. If time speeds up, then it’s even more important to make the most of every moment.

15. I wish I hadn’t worried so much.

If you’ve ever kept a diary and looked back, you’ll probably wonder why you ever got so worked up over X.

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16. I wish I’d appreciated ___ more.

The consequences of taking people for granted are always hard to deal with.

17. I wish I’d spent more time with my family.

Some people get caught up with work, move to other parts of the world, grow old with grudges against family members only to realise their priorities were in the wrong place.

18. I wish I hadn’t taken myself so seriously.

Life is just more fun when you can laugh at yourself.

19. I wish I’d done more for other people.

Doing things for others just makes life more meaningful.

20. I wish I could have felt happier.

The realisation that happiness is a state of mind that you can control sometimes doesn’t occur to people until it’s too late.

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