We all do it. We make a mistake and then, in trying to fix it, make it worse. And we all know the way to stop the cycle: own up to the mistake, accept the new reality, and build from there.
It’s almost a cliché.
“Don’t consider sunk costs.”
“Don’t throw good money after bad.”
“When you’re in a hole, stop digging.”
Yet, that’s exactly what people do.