The thing about life is you can only look back, not forward. You don’t know what the future holds. You can’t say what will happen tomorrow. All you can do is have faith that things will work out.
So what if you realize later that you have been making a serious mistake all this time? What if your current actions are messed up, and you only find out when it’s too late? One wrong move can make you regret it forever. That’s scary, right?
But imagine if you had the power to see into the future. You could avoid all those present mistakes and save yourself from all the pain.
For instance, if you somehow find out you’ll have health issues down the road. You’d start exercising, walking, and eating healthy right now to steer clear of those problems. How awesome would that be?
Now what if I tell you you can predict your future! It’s simple, you just have to analyze your present. Because your future isn’t just a random event but the result of your present actions.
So, here are 5 simple questions to ask yourself every day. They’ll help you figure out your future and keep you on track in the present, so you can make your life super efficient.
5 Incredible Questions to Avoid Future Regrets
1. What Do I Do Every Day?
Sometimes, your daily actions might not match up with your future goals. For instance, let’s say you dream of becoming one of the world’s best writers, but you spend your whole day binging on Netflix. That would be a surefire way to invite sorrow and regret, right?
So, be very clear about how you want to live your life. Take a good look at whether your current actions are pushing you closer in that direction. This includes when you wake up, how you spend your mornings, how productive you are while working, how you use your free time, what you think, what you eat, how you take care of your body, and so on.
If you read daily, you’ll become wiser and sharper over time. On the flip side, if you’re glued to your phone consuming filthy social media content, you know it’s gonna mess with your focus and mental capacity. It’s a simple law – you reap what you sow.
“What you do daily determines what you become permanently.”
2. How Do I Spend My Money?
Yeah, it totally matters and says a lot about your future. If you don’t even blink before splurging on the latest iPhone, branded clothes, and fancy cars, you’re in trouble. It’s easy to get into the habit of buying anything that looks cool just to show off.
When you’re trying to impress others with your purchases, you end up buying stuff you don’t actually need. And that can leave some serious holes in your pocket, even if you’re super rich. So, you gotta be cautious about how you spend your money.
A good practice is to only buy things that you actually need and skip those that are just desires. You need groceries, but that Starbucks coffee is a desire. Also, it’s essential to save and invest your money wisely. That way, you can achieve financial freedom and have more control over your life.
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.”
– Will Rogers
3. Why Am I Chasing My Goals?
6 years ago, I made this huge mistake. I set a goal to study in one of the IITs, those super hard-to-get-into engineering colleges in India. Back then, I had no idea why I wanted it. But now I know it was all about impressing others and feeding my ego.
After grinding hard for 2 years, I managed to crack the entrance exam and got into one of the IITs. Yay, goal achieved, right? But here’s the thing – since my only purpose was to impress people, which I had already achieved, I slipped into my comfort zone during those 4 years of college.
Sure, I made it to IIT, but I didn’t make the most of my college life. Looking back, I realize that if my motive had been to use the IIT opportunity to grow and explore different things, I would have accomplished more than what I have achieved today. Regrets!
So, what I’m trying to say is, don’t chase a goal for the wrong reasons. You’ll be kicking yourself for it eventually. So, if you aspire to be a musician, do it not for fame but because you wanna heal the world with your melodies. If you wanna be a businessman, do it not for the money but because you wanna make people’s lives better.
4. What Do I Consume on the Internet?
Seriously, this question matters a lot nowadays. People spend so much time on social media and platforms like YouTube, Netflix, and Prime (I’m not an exception). And these platforms are like double-edged swords that can destroy your life if you don’t use them correctly.
So, here’s the deal – be super cautious about who you follow and subscribe to. If someone’s making you feel all negative, like hatred, envy, lust, or anger, just unfollow them. And I would say only one thing about Instagram reels and YouTube shorts – they can seriously damage your attention span, so better to avoid them.
Stick to consuming content that aligns with your goals. Follow people who inspire and educate you, give you the courage to chase your dreams, and make you feel confident.
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
5. Whom Do I Spend Time With?
Ever heard the saying- you are the average of five people you spend the most time with? Or how about this one- show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future?
We might not always take our relationships seriously, but they actually have a big impact on who we become. So, take a moment to think about the people you’re hanging around with. Are they helping you get closer to the future you’ve always dreamed of? If not, it might be time to distance yourself from them.
Don’t let the naysayers, doubters, and negative folks mess with your dreams. Instead, surround yourself with those who push you to work hard and face your fears. These are the people who cheer you up when you’re feeling down and support you when you need it. They’ll make you feel awesome and special, and that’s the kind of company you want to keep.
“Stay away from negative people – they have a problem for every solution!”
Enough philosophy! Now, sit with a pen and paper and take a moment to answer those 5 questions. They’ll help you audit your present and give you a glimpse of how your future is going to be. So that you can get the most out of this only life you have.
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