While we obviously cannot change the past, we can build on the lessons learned to create a better future. Our future success depends on whether or not we learned from the mistakes of the past. It makes sense that if we do not learn from our past, we are doomed to repeat it. If you did not effectively evaluate the reasons why something didn’t work out in your life then you will certainly be repeating those same errors and thus continuously produce the same disappointing results.
Don’t be one of the countless people who blame their past for their shortcomings. Blaming anything or anyone but yourself is another sign that you may be insane. It is very convenient to pass the buck and not accept responsibility which explains why so many people do it. If your past is the reason why your current situation is what it is, you haven’t learned the intended lesson. I have learned that if I am unsuccessful at something it is critical that I understand the reasons why. If you know why something went wrong, you can fix it. Answer the “why” question.
Our past should merely serve as a reference guide for the future. Our past should never be viewed as a crutch. Every experience has shaped us into who we are today. If it weren’t for our past, our future would not exist. Understanding the past allows us to create directional roadmaps, analyze the present situation and respect the inevitable growth. You may not be where you want to be but thank goodness you are not where you used to be. Learning from your past is exactly what has gotten you this far and is what is going to take you to the next level. What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened it has all worked out to bring you to this very moment.
The beautiful thing about the past is that everything you have lived through helped to create the dynamic person you are today.
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