3 Questions to Live a Regret-Free Life
This short exercise will perhaps be one of the most transformative personal growth practices that you’ll have tried so far. The exercise contains three questions that, when asked often, can ensure that you live a regret-free life. It’ll also help you feel a greater sense of purpose and generally become more satisfied with your life.
You can watch the video or read the transcript below.
If your time on this planet, in this life, came to an end right now, what would you regret not having done, experienced, accomplished, and become?
The first question helps shift our focus away from the priorities of the ego and onto the priorities of our higher self—or wiser self, if you prefer.
The ego likes to feel important. The ego thinks we need to look a certain way or achieve certain things to be worthy—which, of course, isn’t true. The higher self wants much more for us than losing weight or getting a new iPhone. It wants us to feel at peace, fulfilled, and loved.
The thing is, we can’t find lasting happiness by satisfying the desires of the ego. We can only be truly happy when focusing on the desires of our highest selves. And that’s what the first part of the question helps us discover.
The second question allows for a slightly different perspective. It helps us identify practical actions.
If you knew you had only six months to live (now you’re giving yourself a little more time!), how would you use the time you have left?
You can also ask yourself:
What would I change about my life? And what would I prioritize and focus on for the next six months?
Finally, the third and last question is:
If you knew you had only six months to live, how could you make the most of the time you have today?
The answer to that question will be based on your answers to the previous two questions.
I believe that by asking ourselves these three questions regularly, we can speed up our personal growth and our overall evolution as human beings. And by spending our precious time focusing on the things that really matter, we largely reduce the chance that we’ll have regrets in the future.
I recommend doing this exercise monthly. It’ll help you stay focused on what’s truly important and not waste time on what isn’t.