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At a particular point, your life is what you make of it. There is only one person to congratulate when you succeed and only one person to blame when you fail, which is you. Because this is the reality, you want to create a life which you are proud of 100 percent. There is no denying that there will be no bumps and roadblocks during this process, but the most important thing is how you are going to handle these situations and how you overcome them is going to matter the most.

There are different ways which you can take to create a life which you can be proud of. Here are some of those;

1: Stay Careful of those who offer advice.

While some pieces of advice are worth listening to, other advice comes from those people who think they know what is best for everyone else or even dangerous, they just like hearing their voice. You will meet a lot of people in your life who would tell you that they think this is what is best for you. Don’t listen to them because sometimes those people are just giving advice just to sound better in front of you. It’s better to just respectfully ignore these advices because if you follow one of these advices and it turns out bad for you, you cannot blame that guy for that mishap because you were the one who trusted that person blindly and listened to him without even checking out is that person even credible or not. So it is better to be careful when someone offers you any advice.

2: Get some self-awareness!

You cannot succeed in life until and unless you know exactly who you are. And this does not mean in a cliché way, it really means that you should know who you really are and know what your capabilities are. You should know what your strengths are, you should know what your weaknesses are, if you are a wacky friend, you should be able to own it and change it. If you are a kleptomaniac you should be able to look in the mirror and accept it. You cannot be proud of your life until if your life is built on a lie.

3: Give more than you take

Of course, it is really important to take in life, but if you could give more than you take then you will be able to look back and know that you were a good person. The act of giving can come in any form be it in the form of financial donations or volunteering your time to some cause or not fighting with your brother on the dinner table just for a change. Try being the person who you would feel good about just by thinking of him. And to be that person you have to be helpful and caring and giving and aiding things to those who are in need. Giving does not only give you the opportunity to pat yourself on the back, but it also makes you feel good about yourself. So it is way better to give than to take.

4: Be realistic in your expectations

The important thing to keep in your mind is that you have to have expectations for yourself and for others. If you won’t have expectations for yourself, you would just end up floating in life without having a clear goal or objective. However, it is essential to be realistic in your expectations; if you are 5’1 do not expect to be a renowned runaway model. If you are not able to carry a tune even after years of vocal training don’t expect that you would become Taylor Swift. This doesn’t mean that you settle for something else, but it is about being self-aware enough to recognize you need to reign those expectations in a bit.

5: You should remember that regret is for fools.

The one thing which I never believe is that “everything happens for a reason” what I believe is that your life is a combined effort of everything that has happened to you. From good to worst to the fight you had with your best friend to the cereal you had in the morning to the job you left, all these components have made a combined effort to put you where you are today. Since this is the truth you can’t have a life you are proud of if you have regrets. The biggest favor you can do to yourself is, regret nothing. Just believe in yourself and keep on doing what you are and always try to get results which are better for you.

All in all, if you want to create a life which you are proud of you should never let anyone decide for you what is best for you, you should be competent enough to take your decisions by yourself and you should always believe in your abilities and qualities and never have any regrets if something’s turn bad, because you can always try to do it again and achieve it any way you can.