3 Easy Steps to Living with No Regrets

The unkind comment quickly rolled off my tongue.

Like a snap reaction, the snarky statement left my mouth intended to hurt the person who just hurt me. Overcome with anger, I could not see how disrespectful and harsh my response had been.

Can you relate? Do you struggle with saying whatever you think? Like a volcano ready to erupt, you explode on those closest to you and leave a wake of disaster behind you.

This was a problem for me for many years. Honestly, it is embarrassing to admit to you about my reactivity issue.

But my hope is that we can learn from my negative experience and find tools to help us respond and not react.

As I look back now, I have so much regret over the hurtful words spoken to my loved ones.

In this article, I share three easy steps to living with no regrets.

How Do You Live Without Regrets?

Maybe you also have regretted what you said. The cruel words flow out of your mouth so fast; you wish you could draw them back in, but it is too late.

There is power in our words!

Harsh words sting our souls causing fractures in our relationships.

Like a sword to the heart, our communication has the power to pierce and hurt others deeply or bring peace and comfort to others.

With God’s help and strength, I know we can own our responses and take responsibility for our words.

We can stop blaming our overreaction on others, and instead use our words to encourage and build others up.

Thankfully, I have made tremendous progress in this area through counseling and prayer. I am still far from perfect, but I am quick to see my mistakes and repair the rupture when I do mess up.

3 Steps for Living with No Regrets

Living with No Regrets

Becoming more self-aware is a critical step in this process, so today, I want to share with you three easy steps to living with no regrets.

3 Easy Steps to Living with No Regrets

  1. The Gift of the Pause

My brain runs a million miles a minute and my mouth follows.

Never stopping to think before I spoke, I would say whatever mean words came to my mind.

As I was learning to control my responses, one of my growth steps was learning the gift of a pause. I highly recommend this to you too!

There is power in waiting long enough to take 3-5 deep breaths or count slowly to 10.

Our brain can jump straight into fight or flight mode when we are triggered, so the pause helps us get grounded and allows the frontal lobe of the brain to stay in control and make decisions.

I think this is why James tells us, “You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19)

Listening requires pausing. Slowing down. Thinking before exploding. All important to living with no regrets in our reactions.

So next time, you are ready to erupt, countdown backward from 10 and watch how the sudden break and silence calms you down. Then, you can think before you speak and respond well.

  1. Identify Your Triggers

Have you heard the saying, “If it is hysterical, it is historical”? I learned this phrase from my counselor in the years following my divorce.

As she was helping me stay self-controlled in my responses, she introduced me to triggers. When our reactions are bigger than normal, more than likely it stems from something in our past.

Since our overreactions usually connect to something painful in our childhood, learning to identify our triggers is another important growth step.

You may be thinking, How do you know your triggers? My counselor told me to pay attention to what happens right before I am ready to blow my top.

When my heart is racing and my blood pressure is rising, what just happened? Did someone disappoint you or say hurtful words to you? Perhaps your circumstances stirred up fear and worry?

Identify the emotion behind the anger and see if there is a pattern each time.

As you trace these negative emotions and what circumstances activated them, you will begin to connect them to the past and identify your triggers.

  1. My Response is My Responsibility

Do you have a family mantra? Something that is so important to your loved ones and affirms your values.

Since my divorce, if I had to choose one phrase to live by, this would be it: My response is my responsibility.

In fact, our family made a sign with these important words that hung on our main walkway as a reminder each day.

Sadly, I did not live this way for many years. The old me was completely unaware of the negative effect of my hurtful words.

So many times, I felt justified as my immediate reaction was to say anything that came to my mind, especially if I thought it was deserved.

No one deserves to be shamed or spoken to disrespectfully, no matter what they have done.

I want to challenge you: Your response is your responsibility. We cannot control how someone treats us or what they say to us, but we can control how we react to them with the words we choose to speak and the tone we use.

What a great example we can teach our kids too. This phrase has been life-changing for my kids and me. I hope it deeply impacts your family too.

Like a sword to the heart, our communication has the power to pierce and hurt others deeply or bring peace and confort to others - Jodi Rosser

Why is it Good to Have No Regrets?

If we are honest, it is hard to change. Living with no regrets requires hard work, but I believe it is so worth it.

Owning your choices and admitting mistakes does not come naturally. Don’t get discouraged when old patterns rise up in you.

Take responsibility, repair the brokenness between you and your family, and keep growing more and more like Your Maker each day!

As you become more self-aware and see connections from your past to your present, I pray you see self-awareness as a gift that God is using to refine you.

Let me encourage you to try these 3 steps for living with no regrets:

Remember the importance of the pause. Learn to identify your triggers. Live out my response is my responsibility.

A bonus step: Memorize Proverbs 15:1. A gentle answer will drastically improve your relationships.

Love, Jodi

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. - Proverbs 15:1


Jodi Rosser is an author, podcaster, and speaker who serves women through her podcast, Depth, and her blog, Heartbreak to Strength. In August 2022, she released her first book, Depth: Growing Through Heartbreak to Strength.




Jodi Rosser

Jodi Rosser is an author, podcaster, and speaker who serves women through her podcast, Depth, and her blog, Heartbreak to Strength. In August 2022, she released her first book, Depth: Growing Through Heartbreak to Strength. Having walked through multiple heartbreaks (divorce, miscarriage, & cancer), Jodi now inspires women to grow deeper in their faith and to find hope, joy, and purpose through their unexpected storms. She lights up the most when she shares her testimony using her cracked clay pot, a visual reminder that God shines brightest through our broken places. She is raising two sons (One in high school and one in college) in Southern California where she teaches science to elementary students in the STEM Lab. Jodi would love to connect you online at jodirosser.com and send you her 10 “Not Enough” Statements and a Bible Verse to combat each one. You can also connect with Jodi on Instagram, @jodi.rosser


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  4. Linda Stoll on August 8, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    Love that idea of the gift of pause, Jodi … and we must be on the same track because I just wrote on living a ‘no regrets’ life just yesterday.

    That’s serendipity!

    • Barb on August 9, 2023 at 9:11 am

      I really love this message, the mantra God gave to me was : I am only responsible for my own reactions” in other words others cannot make me angry, the choice is mine and I choose to get angry.

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