The Rocking Chair Test | How To Live Life With No Regrets

The last 4 years for me have been very long building Burn Boot Camp and Burn Media Co., and it’s made me realize that life isn’t as short as people say it is. I’ve learned to take a look at life on a daily basis and how to slow it down to thoroughly enjoy the moments. It got me thinking about the next 4 years and how much time that really is.

Life Isn’t Short

It’s interesting to me when people say that life’s too short, so they “live it up.” I think it’s really a cop out to not reach their full potential. Why not eat healthy and take care of your one body? You have a whole life! I take an entirely different stance on life; it makes me question the people who “live it up” because to me these last 4 years have seemed so long and we still have decades ahead of us. A lot of people underestimate what they can do in 10 years, but overestimate what they can do in one year. If you’re 50 years old, you still have at least 40 more years to thrive. You have the opportunity to take care of yourself everyday. You have the opportunity to learn, grow and unlock your full potential.

I get why people say life is short, but that’s not a  reason to treat your body or your mind like it doesn’t matter. When you’re 90 years old sitting in your rocking chair, how are you going to want to have lived your life? You have the opportunity to get better every day. Do you want to let fear get in the way of decisions that could change the trajectory of your life? You don’t want to have regrets when you’re sitting in that rocking chair. Take chances and think about what you’re great grandkids will think about you when you’re gone. What legacy do you want to have and build while you’re here? Being present on a daily basis, finding joy, having gratitude is going to be what elongates your time on earth.

Be Present

We have to step outside of our current moment and realize that life is long. If you take the time every single day to live with gratefulness and live in the moment, you realize how long life really is. Respect yourself and respect what God has given you by taking care of your mind, body and soul. When you respect yourself, you respect those around you. 

If you don’t take action because you think life is short, you will have regrets when you’re sitting in your rocking chair. You want to be the person sharing your life and experiences with your grandchildren, even your grandchildren. Start using the rocking chair test with your health, with your finances, and even with the way you parent and treat others.

Are you going to be fearless or fearful? There are things to be afraid of, but sometimes too much fear will limit your success.

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