What are the ‘Top Five Regrets of Dying’? (Part 2)

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What are the ‘Top Five Regrets of Dying’? (Part 2)

The workaholic maintains a frantic schedule, he is consistently preoccupied with performance. He finds it difficult to refuse additional responsibilities. He is unable to relax.If someone you know exhibits these characteristics, he or she is probably a workaholic.

Bill Hybels

For workaholics, all the eggs of self-esteem are in the basket of work.

Judith M Bardwick


Last week we looked at the biggest regret of the dying (you’ll see I’ve kept it listed for you with #2).The top five regrets were gleaned from a palliative care specialist (R Kelly) and although they are common sense, they are unfortunately not always common practice. Many of us subconsciously seem to believe that we will live forever and so make decisions based on that illusion. When those who were close to death were asked what they regretted most about their lives common themes repeatedly surfaced. Let’s see if you’ve guessed what #2 is and take Key Steps to overcome it…

#2 – I wish I hadn’t worked so hard

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. This came from every male patient that Kelly nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
  3. Are you guilty of this one? I know I am guilty of this. I love my work and, because it doesn’t feel like work, I can sometimes forget to draw the line. I can easily fall into the trap of neglecting myself at the expense of giving to others. This might suit me at times, but does it suit those I care about?

I have committed this year to keeping the balance that I know is healthy for me and make enough time for those I love and care for. Can you commit to doing that too? By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income (or habits and activities) that you think you do. And maybe you can simply work smarter and not harder? By simplifying your life, you can create more space in your life, become happier and more open to new opportunities and maybe even ones more suited to your new lifestyle. It’s up to you to take Key Steps to…

“be the difference that makes the difference

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