I've been thinking a lot about regret lately. We all have some sort of regret about a decision we made in the past, which is completely natural. Maybe you didn't seize an opportunity or hurt someone close to you. ----
Whatever your regret(s) may be, how you proceed is the most important part. You could constantly ruminate on the regret, wishing you had done something else. The event keeps replaying in your mind. Maybe you imagine how things would've been if you had acted differently. ----
While this is a natural response, it will wear on you and possibly lead to greater anxiety and mental health problems. However, it doesn't have to be this way if you work towards shifting your mindset and how you approach failures of the past.
What if instead of feeling like you failed, you look at every regret as a learning experience? Look at it as a lesson to use in the future when similar situations arise. The next time it happens, you will know the right decision. The first time around, you didn't have enough experience to make the right decision, but now you do.
The past will never change. How we treat it can. By turning your past into a learning experience rather than regret, you can be empowered to make a better future for yourself and those around you.
How do you deal with regret?
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