Tapping When You ‘Should Have’ Done Something, But Didn’t

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EFT tapping when you should have done something

EFT tapping when you should have done something but didn't

I do not regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do. ~ Rory Cochrane

The goal of this EFT tapping script is exactly as it says on the pack. We all make mistakes. From time to time, we all miss out on doing things we should have done.

Carrying the guilt and regret over what we should have done only weighs us down. It is also detrimental to developing a healthy self-esteem.

If on one side we are affirming how much we love ourselves and on the other we are beating ourselves up on what we should have done etc. what do you think will happen?

The way to use this script is to bring to mind a situation where you should have done something. For example, you should have:

  1. Taken a certain action when it was time (say filing taxes timely)
  2. Spoken up when it was needed (say stepping up and accepting your mistake)
  3. Done something, but at that time you didn’t know you needed to do it

The third point above is important because we often blame ourselves of inaction when we didn’t even know we needed to do something! Yes, ignorance is no excuse, but how long should we punish ourselves for our ignorance?

The kind of incidents you can tap on using this script don’t have to be major life-changing ones, although they can be. Even seemingly small incidents can leave behind a heavy load of regret. So pick any inaction that you’re still blaming yourself for, and tap along.

As soon as I posted this script, I tapped along to it focusing on a recent incident where I should have done something but didn’t. After one go of the script, I felt much relief. I am no longer punishing myself for what I didn’t do in that situation. I’m also feeling confident that if I am placed in a similar situation again, I will act with better sense and integrity.

Tapping through this EFT script takes about 8 minutes.

Here are a few more scripts that you might find useful:

Clearing guilt and shame with EFT tapping

Clearing regret over how you behaved that day

Addressing inner critic and negative self talk with EFT tapping

EFT Tapping set up

(Tap on the Karate chop while repeating the following phrase 3 times)

Even though I know I should have done it, and I didn’t, I deeply and completely love, accept and forgive myself.

EFT Tapping round 1

Eyebrow    I should have done it.

Side of the eye    I should have.

Under the eye    But I didn’t.

Under the nose    I should have done it.

Chin    I let things slide.

Collar bone    I had the chance.

Under the arm    This guilt.

Top of the head    This shame.

EFT Tapping round 2

Eyebrow    This regret.

Side of the eye    This anger.

Under the eye    This futility.

Under the nose    It is weighing me down.

Chin    I feel horrible.

Collar bone    I should have known better.

Under the arm    I feel stupid.

Top of the head    Look at this mess now.

EFT Tapping round 3

Eyebrow    I’m surprised I didn’t do it.

Side of the eye    I should have done it.

Under the eye    I had the chance.

Under the nose    But I blew it.

Chin    That inaction.

Collar bone    That laziness.

Under the arm    That ignorance.

Top of the head    That forgetfulness.

EFT Tapping round 4

Eyebrow    That withholding.

Side of the eye    It cost me much.

Under the eye    I knew this was coming.

Under the nose    I should have done it.

Chin    That carelessness.

Collar bone    This disappointment.

Under the arm    This pain.

Top of the head    This shame.

EFT Tapping round 5

Eyebrow    This shame.

Side of the eye    This guilt.

Under the eye    This anger.

Under the nose    This futility.

Chin    This regret.

Collar bone    I let myself down.

Under the arm    I should have done it.

Top of the head    I did not take it seriously.

EFT Tapping round 6

Eyebrow    I should have done it.

Side of the eye    I should have stepped up.

Under the eye    I should have used more sense.

Under the nose    I didn’t know any better.

Chin    My inaction made everything complicated.

Collar bone    I’m ashamed.

Under the arm    I pride myself on doing the right things.

Top of the head    But here I failed myself.

EFT Tapping round 7

Eyebrow    How will I ever get over it?

Side of the eye    I will never get over it.

Under the eye    I should have taken the chance.

Under the nose    But I’m only human.

Chin    Humans make mistakes.

Collar bone    I don’t know of a single person

Under the arm    who hasn’t made a mistake in their life.

Top of the head    People make mistakes.

EFT Tapping round 8

Eyebrow    People repeat mistakes.

Side of the eye    What if I could keep the learning

Under the eye    and let the shame go?

Under the nose    That doesn’t mean

Chin    I will never make mistakes again.

Collar bone    I will make mistakes.

Under the arm    And it is okay.

Top of the head    No really, it is.

EFT Tapping round 9

Eyebrow    What is not okay

Side of the eye    is constantly beating myself up.

Under the eye    Maybe I can forgive myself.

Under the nose    I forgive myself.

Chin    Everything is forgiven.

Collar bone    I’m feeling better.

Under the arm    I’m feeling lighter.

Top of the head    I forgive others who may be involved.

EFT Tapping round 10

Eyebrow    I choose to look ahead,

Side of the eye    and do what I can to make things better.

Under the eye    I choose to be more discerning in the future.

Under the nose    But I also know that good judgment

Chin    is not a club to hold over my head.

Collar bone    I choose to loosen up a bit.

Under the arm    I choose to be free.

Top of the head    I choose to be calm and confident.

Tap along to this script a few more times until all emotional charge around your inaction has diffused and you feel way better.

If you might be wondering why we are beating ourselves up by saying all these negative things while tapping, well, tapping is a cleansing technique.

With tapping, you bring up negative emotions to the surface and then clear them out. After that you plant some positive, empowering choices in their place.

It is like going to a doctor or a healer. If you are only going to tell them what is already healthy, they can’t help you. You need to tell them what’s wrong.

When we are not tapping, it serves us to hold the highest and best thoughts possible. But during tapping, focus as much as you can on what makes you feel bad and stuck until you feel ready to move on to some positive tapping.

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