Dealing with Regret: When You Feel You Made the Wrong Decision
Have you ever looked back on a decision you made and told yourself:
"I should've known better"
"How could I have been so stupid?"
"What was I thinking?"
With the wisdom of hindsight, it’s easy to beat ourselves up for making the wrong decision. In the past, I’ve spent months paralysed by should have’s and could have’s, torturing myself with the idea that if only I’d made a different choice, everything would have turned out better.
Regret is never easy, but these days, whenever I feel I made the wrong decision, I try to keep some key things in mind.
Here are 2 things to remember when dealing with regret:
1. You did the best you could with the information you had at the time.
When we know better, it’s only natural to look back and say we should have known what we do back then. But the reality is: you didn’t know better. The information you needed (and now have) was only made available to you in hindsight.