You can do nothing about the past. So business should all be about the future, right?

So why bother looking at stuff we can’t affect? Because of what you can learn from it.

If you think about it, that’s why we track metrics and measures – because of how it informs and supports decisions about the future.

This shows us that our regrets about failings and shortcomings don’t really serve us. Well, that’s not exactly true; regrets compel us to try to create a better future. But they can also consume massive amounts of energy and distract our focus.

I believe it’s far more useful to think about the positive emotions, because reflecting about the past should also help you to learn important things.

And the benefit about looking at the positives? It can help you to build up energy to tackle the challenges ahead. It’s inspiring.

For me, personally, I’d rather be energized by exciting potential than by anger, fear, and regret. I’d like to think it makes me a better person too.