Why We Have to Deal with Guilt

Businessmen miserable over errorIt’s one of the most damaging emotional obstacles you throw in front of yourself.

By Bill Reeb

When I talk about guilt and duty, the examples I share can sound similar. However, the distinction to me is that duty is what you feel before you make a decision or take an action, and guilt is what you feel afterward.

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For example, I feel a sense of duty to protect my daughter, and I would feel guilty if she were hurt badly because I would imagine everything I should have done to better protect her (even if what I imagined would be unreasonable to expect).