What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

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on July 17, 2018 - 9:11am
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Let's suppose that you could create a time machine and that you could travel back in time 20 years and visit yourself.  

What would you say?  

Other than the obvious, play these lottery numbers, don't visit this part of the world at this time, bet on this team to win the Super Bowl, what would you say?  

Knowing what you would say to your 20 years younger self is a valuable exercise, but paradoxically enough, it's not useful to you now, it's relevant for your future self.  

Aren't you stunned at how young you feel now? If someone were to tell you 20 years ago that you would feel as young as you do that day at 40, or 65, or 80, would you believe them?  

If you remember back to when you were a kid, 40 wasn't just old, it was finished, you were done.  

Now, at 40 you realize that you still feel 20, and have a whole life in front of you.  

The purpose of this podcast is to help you understand two things: that the same things you would have told yourself 20 years ago apply now more than ever and that regret is the worst human emotion.  

Failure and fear, the two emotions you think you currently dislike and want to avoid at all costs, are nothing compared to the pain and bitterness of regret.

Here Is What We Covered

  • What we would tell ourselves if we could travel back in time to speak with our 20-year-old younger selves?
  • Why the real purpose of this exercise is to frame your life in miniature. If you look back over your last 20 years with pain and regret, how painful will it be when you look back over your whole life, with no ability to change, at the end of your life?
  • How to give your body what it needs and meet it's physical requirements.

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