Unleashing the Power of Regret!


I’ve delivered my STOP Cutting Corners! presentation to many organizations who are focused on safety. After analyzing my message I realized there was a psychological story I was telling about Regret. In order to give that message greater creedence I’ve created another keynote presentation entitled “Unleashing the Power of Regret”.

Many people have stated that we have to live life without regrets. Most often that really means we should pursue the things we value in life. Unfortunately that mindset has people running away from regrets before they’ve taken the time to analyze them. Do you have regrets in your life? at work? on your projects?

Regret is such a powerful tool, yet everyone wants to bury it. People need to live in the present, but using what we’ve learned from our past will empower our future. If we fail to do so, we are likely to repeat the same mistakes or fail to capitalize on opportunities similar to the ones we’ve already missed. Regrets are a positive thing in our life since they are an indication that we are reflecting on the impacts of our decisions and often contemplating another recourse.

I have regrets. Throughout this blog I’ve shared one of my deepest regrets that had catastrophic results. Using a familiar tool incorrectly resulted in the amputation of 3 fingers and my thumb on my dominant hand. I have used this regret as fuel to raise awareness of other unsafe actions and to help others prevent injuries and encourage them to overcome adversity.

During the “Unleashing the Power of Regret” presentation I:

  • Encourage the behavior of addressing regrets rather than burying them
  • Provide understanding that regrets hold positive value
  • Provide tools to help attendees analyze regrets and identify beneficial outcomes

Once I deliver a presentation I take time to reflect on it and use the regrets as an opportunity to improve my next presentation. I go so far as to videotape each presentation and review the footage to focus on mistakes I didn’t notice the first time through. You see, regret shouldn’t be a reason for defeated living, but rather an opportunity for future success. My last presentation was in Regina, SK at the South Saskatchewan Chapter of the Project Management Institute’s – 2012 Professional Development Conference on November 14, 2012. I felt privileged to encourage about 130 people to see regrets as instructive and empowering. Regret shouldn’t feel like a chain binding you, but rather a chain that can be used to free someone else if your bold enough to share it in a positive way.

Yeah, I’ve got regrets, but I’m excited about what I’ve learned and the promise the future holds!

Do you have regrets? Have you addressed them or buried them? Write down your top 5 regrets, have you learned all you can from them? How can they help influence your future in a positive way? Can your regret help someone else? I’d like to encourage you to own your regret and transform failure into opportunity!

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