Regret weighs heavily on our minds. Regret can hinder us from moving on. What is done is done. It cannot be undone. Humble yourself and acknowledge that you made a mistake. Accept it, learn from it, and do better next time. God always gives us another chance.
Words have power. Be careful when you speak or write the word ‘trying.’ The definition I am referring to is: “make an effort to do something: to attempt to accomplish or complete something” (from Merriam-Webster.com). When you truly want to accomplish something, you have to eliminate the word ‘trying’ because the universe delivers exactly what you state. You will continue to try or attempt to instead of actually achieve the goal. Be aware of the words you use. You will get quicker and better results when you are more specific and direct with the universe. And of course, always use the powerful words ‘I am.’ See the following examples:
- I am trying to follow biblical principles. ► I am following biblical principles.
- I am trying to practice humility in my daily life. ► I am practicing humility in my daily life.
What is important to you in life? Is it being famous, owning a big house and a fancy new car, or maybe having a large family? Are there specific goals you would like to achieve such as writing a book, earning a college degree, owning a successful business, weighing a certain amount, etc.? Many of us have met our goals. Are you satisfied, or are you ready to tackle another one? Some of us create bucket lists of things that we feel the need to do before the end of life. People are jumping out of airplanes, surfing 10-foot waves, skiing from the highest mountaintops, etc. Do these things satisfy the ego or the spirit? The #1 goal on everyone’s list should be self-improvement, because then everything else will fall into place. I can honestly say there is nothing more fulfilling and gratifying in life than improving yourself mentally and spiritually and helping others do the same. You will have such a peace within and clearly understand that the things in life you didn’t accomplish won’t really matter.
The urge to satisfy a short-term need for pleasure can lead to long-term, negative effects on life. Do not be deceived by your thoughts and temptations of the ego. When you are being put to the test, and it is against your better judgment, you have the power within you to resist temptation. Always practice self-control and make the right choices.