Unlike animals we are too smart for our own good. We try to justify the past, we anticipate regret later, and we fear wasting. That's why we hold onto losing decisions and why we don't know when to let go of the rope that traps us in the past.
Being aware of the mistakes we naturally make in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Unfortunately, most of these occur subconsciously, so it will also take time and effort to avoid them -- if you even want to.
To make smarter choices and lead in ways that are more satisfying for others to follow, we must first do one thing better according to Why Quitters Win author, Nick Taster. That trait is to quit doing things sooner that don't support your top goal.
The costs to the person who can't see reason, in terms of time, effort and lost opportunities for happiness, can be enormous. We recognize this kind of foolishness immediately in others, but that doesn't stop us from making the same mistake ourselves. Why?