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Decide and Conquer: The Ultimate Guide for Improving Your Decision Making, Second Edition by Stephen P. Robbins

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37. Don’t Rehash Past Decisions

Whenever I make a bum decision, I just go out and make another.

—H. Truman

Julie Hernandez can drive herself nuts reliving her past decisions. “What if I had married Eddie back in 2011 when he asked me? I should have started a savings program as soon as I got out of school rather than waiting until I was nearly 30. I think I bought too much life insurance. Maybe I should have waited a couple of more months and bought a later-model computer.”

Julie is full of “coulda, woulda, shoulda’s.” She seems to have no problem making decisions, but, regardless of how they turn out, she rehashes them over and over. And she’s always second-guessing whether she made the right decision originally.

Julie is not unique. A lot of ...

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