1. Believe it is possible that you can take corrective action. Almost anything is possible, Baby Boomers on average held 11 jobs from the ages of 18 to 46. That was back when careers were more stable. Utilizing regret to make a new career choice is more common than you might think.
2. Utilize the regret to help fuel motivation, use it like the tool it really is.
3. Learn how to take an effective course correction. Focus! Move from global to specific. From big picture to focusing in on what you can do today. If you have regrets in romance, think of how you can make your marriage or relationship a little better today, not ten times better, just a little better. Accept a compliment, expressi appreciation for the expected or mundane, “thanks for paying the power bill.” Just try it. Focus on one thing at a time. Focusing requires compartmentalization. Stop trying to multitask your most important relationship.
If you regret that you are not more social, ask yourself where it might be easiest for yourself to make some progress. Saying “Hello!” to coworkers and asking them about their weekend might be a good start to gain momentum.
If you want to overcome your regret of being disorganized, then declutter your office at home; put some music on and start throwing stuff away you know you don’t need – start with the easy stuff to gain momentum.
If you regret your inconsistent exercise habits, establish your schedule so you go to bed at a decent time, that’s right, put your phone down, turn the TV off, wake up at an early hour and get some exercise before the morning is gone. It starts with the bedtime routine, establish that and surprise yourself with the new energy you have to gain momentum.
I don’t mean to oversimplify regrets. These are just a few suggestions of how to use them to your advantage. You might as well, others take advantage of your regrets all the time. What can you start on today?