Power of Regret: If Only Thinking

Episode #008 Host: Tammy J. Bond Guest: Dan Pink

Regret is an all too common emotion. Despite its ubiquity though, regret is more often than not MISUNDERSTOOD. In Dan Pink’s book The Power Of Regret, Pink goes over the idea of “If Only” thinking. In today’s episode of the Playing In The Sandbox podcast, I’ll go over a few ways you, as a leader, can utilize if only thinking.

Here are just a few tips YOU can use to help regret propel you forwards instead of letting it harm you:

  1. Confront regret head-on. Don’t completely ignore regret, but don’t allow yourself to wallow in it either.
  2. Regrets of INACTION are the ones that stick with us and are not regrets about things we’ve done.
  3. When you’re faced with a big decision, think about it from an outside perspective. Think about it like your best friend is facing a decision, or ask what you from the future would do. Utilize self-distancing.

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