The biggest regret

Doing something that really counts involves hard work, patience, the willingness to learn, focus and sticking to the plan no matter what others think. It takes pain and a willingness to sacrifice short-term gratification and ignoring quick fixes. There is little choice in this if we want our work to stand out and make a difference with what we do.

What that work is though is entirely our choice and there is no wrong choice here. What matters to us is personal and what others think is irrelevant.

The biggest regret we will have in life at the end of our journeys is that we didn’t choose to do something that matters and we didn’t make the sacrifices to achieve this and settle for the quick fix. There it is too late, we won’t be able to turn back the clocks.

What we do today will build the future and the legacy we want and will help us avoid big regrets.

The most important work

Most people spend their days responding to ‘urgent’ tasks such as phone calls, emails, social media notifications, and chatting.

However, the work that is most likely to propel us towards our goals in life we define as not ‘urgent’ and as it is more time consuming, challenging and requires time to focus on, we carry on with the low hanging fruit of so-called ‘urgent’ tasks as we feel busy and productive.

We are always in responsive mode instead of focused mode and it takes bravery and patience to step away from the tasks to do the work that really matters and step off the ‘busy’ treadmill.