Through a lot of self-growth this summer, I've come to the conclusion that I can overcome many fears and avoid many regrets by just living like I actually give a damn. This is not to say I'm apathetic, but more a realization of all the blessings I've received. Basically, I know I am so blessed, so what right do I have to not sit in the front row of my own life?
This "Give A Damn" philosophy can apply to almost any aspect of one's life - for instance, oral hygiene that gives a damn might include ALWAYS brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, avoiding soft drinks or teas, and shelling out the cash for teeth whitening services/products if you so need or desire them. It's all about recognizing the necessary sacrifices to get what you want, and then making those sacrifices. The GAD mentality relies on truly going after the things you want. You can say you want to be in shape, but if you actually gave a damn you would get off the couch more often, eat a little better, and get some support from others.
Giving a Damn is so challenging because we so rarely do it. It gives you a kick in the seat of your pants and forces you to attribute relative importance to a goal. So try living like you Give a Damn - you just might enjoy it.