What are the ‘Top Five Regrets of Dying’? (Part 3)

by | Apr 13, 2015 | Uncategorised

Over the past two weeks we have explored the two regrets of the dying (Click on the following links to recap Part 1 and Part 2). Now that we are taking steps to avoid them, we are ready for number three. There is, in fact, no time more appropriate than the present to take Key Steps to avoid this regret…

#3 – I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings

Many people suppress their feelings in order to keep peace with others and to avoid being vulnerable or avoid the fear of rejection. As a result, they settle for the mediocre existence and never become who they truly are capable of becoming. Many develop illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carry as a result of this.

How easily do you express your feelings? This could be…

  • Saying no when you feel uncomfortable lending someone money
  • Telling your partner how much you love and appreciate them
  • Asking for help when you need it
  • Letting someone close to you know when their actions have upset you
  • Expressing your disappointment when a colleague doesn’t pull their weight
  • Telling a friend how good they look

Take out a piece of paper right now and write down how you are feeling about the different areas of your life (work, home, health, finances) and the different people in your life (your partner, family, friends, colleagues, boss). Do they know how you are feeling about them? What do you need to say to them or yourself today to take the Key Steps to…

“be the difference that makes the difference




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Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’