“Forget regret! Your goal is not to try to change your past – but instead, to transform your future!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Who hasn’t focused on regret as a pathway for change?
The thing is, it never works.
Obviously, things that have happened yesterday are no longer in your control – you cannot erase a single moment and put it into replay. There is no ‘undo’ button – you’re stuck with what you’ve got today, and your ability to shape what you do tomorrow.
There is no automatic ‘redo.’
Yet I see many of my clients focus far too much on what went wrong yesterday and not enough on tomorrow. Regret for products that should have been great, but weren’t. Strategies that should have been pursued but didn’t pass muster. Markets that should have been focused upon but that were missed.
Yet, regret happens – so what do you do with it? The keys to turn it into an opportunity for future growth!
Our mistakes from yesterday can teach us many lessons about what we might be able to do tomorrow. Closely examining our errors from the past can help us to improve upon tomorrow. Actions taken can teach us lessons for our future.
Once you use ‘regret’ within your analysis, you’re on the wrong track!
Look forward – not back!