© 2002 Jeff McCall
a song I've heard playing on the radio a lot lately.
It's called "Would'a, Could'a, Should'a" and is
sung by a most excellent soul singer called Beverley Knight.
The last line of the chorus goes something like...
"Would'a, could'a, should'a are the last words of a
That's a sentiment I agree with entirely! I promised myself
a long time ago that when I get to the point of having one
foot in the grave with the other following swiftly, I
wouldn't regret not having tried or achieved anything
specific in my life.
Would I have succeeded at ......?
Could I have been good at ......?
Should I have tried my hand at ......?
Trust me, these are three questions I won't be asking myself
in my dying breath.
Why? Because if I ever get an inkling or a desire to try
something new, I get up and go for it! The more radical it
is the more motivated I become.
If I were to sit down and write down everything I've done
this far in my life that Mr. Average most probably hasn't,
it would be a very long list. I'm telling you this not to
try and impress you, but to make the point that you don't
know what you can achieve until you try.
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Some of the things I've tried have provoked incredulous
responses from others. Some people think I'm just plain
crazy. But hey, I wouldn't swap my life experiences with
theirs in a million years. When I look back upon my life I
know I'll have lived every second of it. "Life ain't no
rehearsal" as they say.
I recently caught the end of an interview with Anthony
Robbins on TV. The interviewer was asking Tony how he made
decisions on what path to take in his own life. He referred
to a test he uses, which he called "The Rocking Chair
He apparently applies this test whenever he needs to make a
"Yes" or "No" decision about a new
opportunity that presents itself to him.
To apply the test, he imagines himself in his eighties
sitting in a rocking-chair and looking back over his life.
He then considers whether he'd regret saying "No"
rather than "Yes" to a particular opportunity.
At the end of the interview Tony emphasised an important
point - You don't receive or achieve much in your life
whenever you say "No!"
So stop saying "No" and start saying
Do you have a burning desire to try something new? If you
do, then go right out and do it!
Won't it be great? Trust me, it will be better than you can
If you follow this approach you'll truly surprise yourself
every day. You'll learn so much more about yourself. Why?
Because you'll be provoking reactions, thoughts and feelings
that you never would have had otherwise.
There are some amazing things waiting to be discovered only
by you, but only if you go looking for them. Remember,
"life ain't no rehearsal!" So make the most of the
precious time you have on this earth. You owe it to
Don't be the fool whose last words are "would'a,
Copyright 2001, JPM Publishing. All rights reserved.
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