Don’t Let Regrets Waste Your Energy: Interview with Chandler Peterson

Do you ever regret anything in life?

I learned early on that as an entrepreneur and a coach that I do not have to be the smartest person in the room to be able to achieve success or even to be the leader.

I learned also that there will always be others out there who may be smarter or at least, more experienced than me. Furthermore, I am pleased and grateful to know that these people are usually very generous with their insights and knowledge.

This is why I have decided to conduct interviews and include them in my blog as another way to help you in your growth and personal development.

For my first interview, I am honored to be able to interview Chandler Peterson. Chandler is a Founding Member of the John Maxwell Team, currently the fastest growing coaching program on the planet, of which I am also a member.

My first meeting with Chandler was special because not only was she the first person to welcome me upon my joining the team, she was also the first one I would always turn to whenever I need questions answered.

I believe that you will learn a lot from this interview as much as I have enjoyed conducting it.

In the interview, we talked about several issues:
* Why regret is not productive.
* Success can mean different things to different people.
* Why you need to remove the word “worry” from your vocabulary.

The Interview

Me: First of all, please tell us what exciting things are you doing right now?
CP: I’m working as a coach to business owners, authors, coaches, entrepreneurs, and middle managers!

To see their progress in their lives is Exciting to me!

I’m also involved in Toastmasters as Past President and currently, I am the Vice President of Public Relations.

Me: Why did you decide to become a coach? Is there a significant life event or turning point in your life that brings you to the decision? How has it changed you?
CP: When I first heard about coaching fifteen years ago, I decided that I wanted to be a coach because it sounded a lot like what I was doing in education. I was a teacher of students with special needs.

I have grown so much since beginning the process of becoming a coach in 2011 with the John Maxwell Team. My mindset has changed to one of a servant leader.

Me: Some of my readers are people who think they are average. Please tell us a story about perhaps a time that perhaps you felt unworthy? In other words, is there a time in your life that you thought you will never amount to anything? How did you get back up from it?
CP: This does not apply to me. Fortunately, my parents instilled the “can do” attitude in me. I’ve had difficult times, and yet, I always knew that I would get through them.

Me: I love the poem you posted on your profile by Mary Ann Radmacher:

       Walk to the edge.
       Listen hard. Laugh. Play with abandon.
       Practice wellness.
       Continue to learn.
       Choose with no regret.
       Appreciate your friends.
       Lead or follow a leader.
       Do what you love.
       Live as if this is all there is.

Am I correct to say that is your life motto? I’d like to zero in on the line “Choose with no regret”. If there is anything that you regretted about your choices in the past, what is it? What did you do about it? If not, why?

CP: I do not believe in regret. It is a waste of energy and I certainly do not want to waste any energy. I make choices based on the best information that I can find and move on. If the choice I make doesn’t work out so well, then, I have learned something, haven’t I?

Me: I heard tons of people define success differently, I am beginning to think, if you think you are successful, you are. If you think you don’t, you don’t. Do you agree? How would you define success?
CP: I agree with your assessment. Success can mean many different things to different people.

Me: Is there anything that I haven’t asked you that you wish to tell my blog readers and visitors?
CP: If you could remove any word from your vocabulary, I would suggest removing the word “worry.”

There are only two emotions, and they are Love and Fear. If you have one in your heart, you can’t have the other. So, remove “worry”, so that you can have more Love in your heart.

Your Take-Away

What did you learn from it? How are you going to apply what you have learned today? See you in the comments.



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