Today I am talking to you about a problem that many leaders face - Regret.
I'm going to be talking to you about one way to strategically minimise regret. Now, one of the things that I have seen executives feel miserable about is that when they get close to stepping out of corporate life, they often ask themselves, "what could have been?". Now, too many of us, we postpone living, we postpone our greatness, we have opportunities, but we don't grab it. We don't create an upward spiral of success, and then we regret. And the starting point of all regret is within the mind.
Do you ever remember that icky feeling that gnaws at you and sinks in your stomach? It's that dreaded "good God, Oh no! What was I even thinking? Why me?". Many of us regret things that we've done and things we haven't. Now I know of a Doctor Who carried A lifelong sense of regret because he could not pursue his dream of becoming a chef because his parents wished for him to pursue medicine instead. Now regret, my friend, is an emotion that all of us have felt at various times in our professional lives. But this one emotion can drain and depress, robbing us of our mental peace and energy.
We regret whenever we think we should have done something but did not do it, or whenever we should not have done something but went ahead and did it. All regrets come from the mind. What I want to tell you here is, in any case, regret follows us. Whether you let go of an employee or keep him, whether you go that extra mile to motivate your teams or you don't, whether you watch Netflix or you do your work, whether you invest in stocks or don't, whether you play corporate politics or you don't, whether you work hard or you don't.
So my friends, for every action we take in our professional life, we gain and lose something. Think about some events in your professional life that give you a sense of regret. Now consider that it all may have happened. For the good, for your good, and for someone else's good. Regret, my friends, can often involve negative, self judgmental thoughts. Words like I should have, I wish I could have, I would have or I shouldn't have.
Now think of 1 regret you have that has been holding you on in your work life. That's something I really want you to think about, and then focus your mind on ways that you could deal with that regret.
I hope this helps in your journey towards success.
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