Top Five Regrets of the Dying
How has your week been going so far?
This week I’ve been celebrating the successes of my beloved coaching clients. There’s nothing more fulfilling than coaching committed, determined, rebellious and intelligent people to go for what they want.
In her book, ‘The Top Five Regrets of the Dying,’ Bronnie Ware identified the number one most common regret she witnessed in the dying patients. ‘I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.’
Imagine realising that your life is almost over and the dreams that have gone unfulfilled.
What choices do you need to make today, to make sure that you are fulfilling your dreams?
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
What would life look like if you were to have the courage to live a life that’s true to yourself and not the life that others expect of you?
When I chose the path of single parenthood a decade ago, I made the decision based on a deep intuitive sense that being true to myself meant ending my relationship at the time. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made, and I questioned it so many times as the years passed and the reality of that decision set in.
I had chosen to have children with the love of my life and it had ended badly at the time.
There was small comfort in reassuring myself that I was being true to myself. I felt selfish, like I had made the decision to honour my truth at the expense of others. I spent years working on forgiveness.
In 2011, when Bronnie Ware’s book was released, it gave me so much comfort and hope at the time. Her words fueled my passion for equality, empowerment and a vitality-filled life. I was determined to make my life count through Sacred Women’s Business coaching and training as well as through my therapy work.
I had also been a witness to the dying in my years as a therapist in hospitals and there was no way I wanted to end up with the metaphysical ailment of ‘not living according to my soul’s purpose’ which I believe is the root cause of so many chronic illnesses.
Sometimes, living on purpose means stepping out of the status quo and being ok not to fit in with the mainframe.
Sometimes having the courage to live a life that’s true to yourself means inconveniencing people, especially those who would prefer you to stay in a carefully defined pigeon-hole where they feel safer.
Sometimes, being true to your soul’s purpose is counter-intuitive and makes no rational sense at the time, until years later when you are reflecting on how well things actually turned out after-all.
It’s why you need to be committed, determined, rebellious and intelligent. These qualities are what make you coachable. You need to be prepared to get a little bit (or a lot) uncomfortable to pursue your big vision. Sacred Women’s Business is happy to make a stand for you if this sounds like you.
You can imagine how elated I was a few months ago when I gave a short presentation about my book, ‘Healing the Heart of Your Business – sustainable success for heart-centred women’ to a group of local B-Schoolers. Of all people, the wise and wonderful Bronnie Ware herself came along to hear my talk and she even bought a copy of my book. It felt like life had turned a full circle. Her words of wisdom all those years ago had ultimately lead me to open my coaching practice and publish my own book. Now there she was, in person, affirming that living a life that is true to yourself is the most important gift you can give to the world.
Not everyone will like it, but some people will love it.
Not everyone will support you, but some people will climb mountains to back you up.
Not everyone will ‘get’ you, but the ones who do will be transformed by what you do and who you are.
When you’re looking back and reflecting on your life, will you be rejoicing in the ways that you had the courage to live a life that’s true to your heart’s desires?
Do you need a hand to decide what your soul’s calling is? Are you coachable?
Do you need a hand to navigate your mission-driven, legacy based service business so that it can help you live a life of no regrets?
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