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Regret is a Pointless Emotion

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Coach Tony Inman talks about the pointlessness of regretWhat are the things you most regret?

In most cases, assuming you do allow yourself to regret anything, and let’s face it, you are a human being, there will be something.

Usually, it’s something you didn’t do – an action you ‘should’ have taken; an opportunity you missed; a moment where you allowed a fear to block you; but sometimes it’s a mistake you made. There is also the fact that the way you perceive a situation can change over time.

No matter what it is, it’s in the past now; it’s done; the moment has gone. Realising that, ask yourself, ‘What did I learn from that?’

There are only a rare few who are disciplined enough to eliminate regrets completely from their lives, aside from psychopaths of course, but what has become clear to me is that we need to develop our trust in our instincts, whilst still overcoming our instinctual fears, to allow us to glimpse the rewards of taking the action.

If you do take the action, trusting and believing that it’s the right and ethical thing to do, then there will be no need for regrets because you did the best you could with what you knew.

In my experience, we mostly tend to regret the things we wish we had done, rather than the things we did do.

Tony Inman

If you're not getting the results you want, and feel you deserve; if you feel stuck, overwhelmed or confused; if you're none of those things, but you know you need some guidance to reach the next level, then Tony Inman could be just the Coach, Mentor, Consultant or Trainer to help you. With over 35 years' management experience in numerous companies in Europe and Australia, including many of his own businesses, Tony has coached hundreds of business owners and thousands of staff to set new goals, overcome obstacles or limiting beliefs and create and achieve new dreams. A former mentor at Curtin University's Centre for Entrepreneurship, Tony is a published author and presenter on the topics of personal and business growth and fulfillment.

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