Published On: Wed, May 13th, 2015

Are You “Growing” or “Going” Through Life?

By John Peterson

If you could live a life less ordinary, what would you do differently?  I believe that if we are really honest with ourselves, there are many things in this life we would “do over” with the benefit of hindsight.  Do you agree?

I have spent my entire life learning from, and being fascinated with, how much smarter I am after the mistakes (but also wishing I had acted sooner, or slightly differently, when I had the chance).

Would we all have become the people we are today without the mistakes, or the lessons learned the hard way?

“Failure is merely an experience on the way to success.” – Henry Ford

DO WE LEARN MORE FROM FAILURES THAN SUCCESSES?

I believe that in many scenarios I have learned much more from those devastating failures along the way than from the successes.  The successes become fond memories, but the failures remind me of the better person I long to become.

SUCCESS OR FAILURE – WHAT DRIVES YOU THE MOST?

Looking back it really is the combination of successes and failures that creates our own “personal blueprint” or our outlook, our model of the world.  Therefore, both the successes and failures are equally as important in the story of my own life. These days, I am far more motivated by the fear of not becoming the best version of myself that I can possibly be or that I might create new regrets in the future. So I strive on, hungry for knowledge and thirsty for personal growth and mastery of every single opportunity presented me today and in the future.

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REGRETS – WHAT ARE YOUR MOST HAUNTING?

Not going back to school or further studies as an adult?  Not learning the piano these past ten years?  Not learning how to make money online whilst asleep?  Not getting serious about health and fitness for more than ten years?  Not creating better eating habits or getting to bed earlier and starting each day at dawn being super organized?

When I stop and think about it, it is easy to quickly draft up a long list of regrets and if we are not careful, these regrets can act like a dead weight on our own shoulders. Like an anchor, suggesting to us that we cannot do much about them, or that this is who we are, just a so-called “Average Joe.”

REFLECTING RATHER THAN REGRETTING

When we reflect, we start to explore much more than the failed or flawed outcome (or our failures) of the past.  Instead, we start to reflect on the situation, the rationale or the back story, the options we did or did not fully appreciate at the time and why we made the decisions or took the actions we did.

It is a subtle shift in mindset, however reflecting on ones past rather than just regretting is far more constructive, and offers a window of opportunity and hope into a brighter future.

TURNING HINDSIGHT INTO INSIGHT

I know it is not always easy to take the benefit of hindsight and repackage your own model of the world gone by into insight – because hindsight is so damn frustrating and hurtful that doing so can bring those feelings back to the surface.

However, learning how to become more disciplined in the use of our mind is a truly liberating feeling. For as they say“the truth shall set you free”.

SO WHAT WILL YOU DO NEXT – “GROW” OR “GO” THROUGH LIFE?

What we all chose to do next is the real key.  For me, it is making sure I leave no opportunities for regrets over the next twenty years like I may have done in the past twenty.

THOU SHALL NOT REGRET THE FUTURE

Making every day count, living a life I am proud of and slowly but steadily making sure I become the best version of myself I can possibly be, is my primary mantra.

“Who are you not to live an Extraordinary Life?” – Nelson Mandela

About the Author

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- John Peterson’s track record in assisting businesses to achieve rapid Growth and Succession Planning is second to none. A self- made, serial entrepreneur, John is the founding Director of a number of privately owned companies in Australia, including Providence BSM (Buy, Sell, Merge), Best Practice Marketing, Providence Advice Services, and Cash Momentum. John has studied the mindset of entrepreneurs for more than twenty-five years. From humble beginnings, John’s fascination with business success was first discovered in the Advertising industry, which later blossomed in a Fortune 500 consulting company and then in rapid growth environments as CEO in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. His perspective on business success includes dismal failures along with significant triumphs. John’s personal values resonate throughout the companies he runs and these values are evident in the behaviours and passion every single one of his employees demonstrate on a daily basis. John is most proud of creating the “Best Practice Program,” the world’s only Fortune 500 business education, coaching and mentoring program affordable to small – medium businesses. Revolutionary in that the program offers every business owner the opportunity to pursue and achieve Business Mastery.

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