Action shifts awareness and energy.
Looking back and saying it might have been better to go a certain direction overlooks the constant presence of variables.
Each action shifts all in the scene. There is no guarantee a different action would have produced…no matter what the odds…the response you desired.
Much like throwing the dice one more time — after you decide to hold to avoid losing with the next throw — just to see if it would have been a good cast and assuming that outcome would have been the case. No. The energy shifted the minute you became unattached to the obstacle/outcome. The next roll was clean.
Work with the present. Obstacles are here to allow you to practice focus on attaining your desired outcome without fear, attaining the outcome from a state of safely holding onto who you are rather than what you already have, in addition to having a non-attachment to the obstacle.
And because neither position is real, the battle is within you.
Past, present, and future — are all housed in a fully aware Now.