When working with my younger clients I often think 'Wow, if only I had been that emotionally strong, focused and motivated when I was that age'.......
I admire young people who have the courage to 'look in the mirror' and then reach out for coaching support to make changes and grow.
Having said that I am more than happy to experienced all I did in my 30's, positive and negative. I made plenty of the 'mistakes' , took 'wrong' turns as well as (and most importantly) had lots fun doing crazy adventurous things, traveling, moving countries. I was very very social and in retrospect feel lucky to have experienced life before the mobile phone and computer!
I was never a negative thinker but I certainly could have been a bit more focused, driven and less fearful when attempting to get creative projects off the ground.
I would say I simply did not believe in myself enough at the time to really follow through. The self-esteem was missing although I was regarded as a person with a lot of confidence.
Interesting combination - outwardly appear very confident while experiencing low self-esteem.
I am a huge believer that life's pitfalls are great opportunities to learn from. With this attitude you grow stronger, learn how to make different choices, stand up quicker when you fall down and above all 'keep moving right along'.
I am delighted at age 60 to have 'taken the bull by the horns' (in my 40's) and together with the support of initially a psychoanalyst, followed by hypnotherapist and on to more spiritual practices and life coaching, made all the internal & behavioural changes to 'grow into my skin' - be myself. I can now happily say "I will not look back thinking 'if only I had". Make sure you can say the same.
11 Things You Will Regret in Your 30's
April 11, 2016 by EMILY CO, Popsugar Author
What better way to learn than from those who have been there and done that? A Reddit thread recently had people chiming in on things they regret doing (or not doing) in their 30s. Whether you are about to embark on the exciting journey of your 30s or nearing the tail end, learn from those in the know.
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