Recently on HER Mastermind Network (on LinkedIn) Kassandra Vaughn posed the following question: Knowing what you know now, if you could give one piece of advice to your 20 year old self, what would it be?

What a wonderful question! Here was my response:

I would tell myself that every day when we wake up we decide what kind of day we are going to have. When we wake up surrounded by challenged and we allow those challenges to affect our attitude, it sets the tone for how we will react to every incident we encounter throughout the day.

We can decide to wake up on the right side of the bed or on the wrong side.

Once I learned this valuable lesson (took me a long time) I realized just how powerful our minds are. My life has been a lot more rewarding and many more opportunities have come my way because I choose to have a great day… each and every day!

Julie replied with “Instead of worrying IF, concentrate on WHAT you’ll do if such a thing does happen, how you’ll cope and how you’ll manage. Most of what we worry about never happens, but worrying won’t prevent it either way. Preparing properly is like having good insurance.”

Debbie said she would tell herself “to balance my emotional side with my logical side in dealing with adverse situations.”

And Natalie said “my best advice to myself to me would be to just get on and do it. Dream the dream and then do it. Don’t waste any time, don’t listen to those who will tell you that it can’t be done.”

Assuming you are past 20, what advice would you give yourself?  What lessons have you learned that you’d like to share with others?  And if you are a 20-something, what advice would you like to receive?