The research shows we consistently regret missed opportunity…a second thing the research shows is…you’re more likely to regret the things you didn’t do – Eric Barker
In the blog post below, Eric Barker lays out the research on regret and suggests productive ways of dealing with it.
“Regret has a purpose. It’s like the oil light on the dashboard of your life, telling you that something needs to be fixed.”
The post reminds me of several Empowered Wealth principles. Barker’s first tip is “Ask
yourself, ‘What can I learn from this?'”, which is similar to “Always make your learning greater than your experience” which we emphasize in our education, training, and coaching (we acknowledge Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach, for originating this idea). Another tip Barker gives is “Ask yourself, ‘How could it have been worse?'” He goes on to explain:
“Research shows this kills the negative feelings associated with regret. Turn disappointment into gratitude.”
We’re known for our method of turning positive events into gratitude but this idea of turning disappointment into gratitude is an interesting one that almost certainly will find its way into our thinking going forward.
How To Overcome Regret And Seize The Day — Scientifically
What does science have to say about the best way to overcome regret? How can we seize the day and live happier lives? Research has answers for you.
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