If I Could Go Back in Time…

If I Could Travel Back in Time, What Advice I Would Give Myself?

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I wish I could go back in time and advise myself to do some things differently. Is there advice I would give to myself if given this opportunity? Absolutely! Three tips I would tell myself are to save more money, take more risks, and pray more often.

Tip #1: Save More Money

I had no concept of saving or investing money when I was young. I spent the majority of the money I made on material things with little value. In fact, I spent money I did not have, without realizing that I had to pay it back someday. Did I delay instant gratification? Not a chance! Meanwhile, I sank further and further into debt. What advice would I give myself about money if I could go back in time?

I would tell myself to save at least ten percent of my net income. I would also invest another portion of my income so that my money could grow. Finally, I would tithe ten percent, and then spend the rest as needed. There is no doubt in my mind that following this strategy would have helped me manage my money a lot better than I did.

Tip #2: Take More Risks

I have always been a person who waits for things happen instead of making things happen. Why should I take a chance unless I know ahead of time that it will turn out in my favor? I am a person who says “I could have done it.” Maybe “I would have done it.” I know “I should have done it.” The bottom line is: I didn’t get it done! What advice would I give myself about taking risks if I could go back in time?

I would tell myself to break the chains of fear and self-doubt by taking more risks. I would allow myself to follow my dreams. I would take more chances. If taking a risk works in my favor, great! If it doesn’t, then there is a lesson to be learned. There is no doubt in my mind that my life would be better now if I took more risks in the past.

Tip#3: Pray More Often

I used to pray before meals, but that was just to bless the food. As I grew older, I would pray to bless the food and the hands that prepared it. Eventually, I would pray to bless the food, the hands that prepared it, and the nourishment it provided to my body. I rarely prayed about anything else, except for when I got in a serious jam that I could not get out of on my own. What advice would I give myself about prayer if I could go back in time?

I would tell myself to pray more often. I would pray to ask God for guidance, wisdom, and the ability to forgive others. I would pray to protect others and uplift them in their times of need. Most importantly, I would pray to give thanks. There is no doubt in my mind that prayer would have changed many things in my life.

What if I would have saved more money?

What if I would have taken more risks?

What if I would have prayed more often?

If I could go back in time…

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About motivationfortheworld

Gary A. McAbee created Motivation for the World as the platform for his motivational speaking, writing, and blogging. The mission of Motivation for the World is to create a vast network of like-minded, service-oriented individuals who join together and work toward having a positive impact in our neighborhoods, communities, and society. He is the proud author of two self-help books: Wake Up! 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now! and Rise Up! 42 Additional Ways to Improve Black America Now!
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One Response to If I Could Go Back in Time…

  1. ayesamson says:

    I am right there with you on tip#: 1. If I could go back 16 yrs ago I would have tucked away all my bonuses, raises, tax returns and paid for everything cash. I’m 36 now and have a good savings strategy but having that hindsight and head start would have been extremely nice. Cheers!

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