Leave the Past in the Past and Focus on the Future

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Reprint from 01.26.21

You can stay focused on the present and the future. Your ability to avoid dwelling on the past should increase. Understand that thinking about the past has negative consequences.

There is nothing left for you in the past. Be glad you have learned from your past mistakes and successes. That is the good thing about history – the lessons it provides. You can take those lessons and apply them to your present. Focusing on the past, though, leads to regret.

Choose to look forward. Spend five minutes each day to imagine the future you wish to experience. Know that a compelling future is the best way to stay motivated and positive.

Work hard in the present to create your future. You can only interact with time in the present moment. You must make the most of each moment and look forward to enjoying the future even more.

You can let go of the past. Time spent on past regrets and mistakes lessens your ability to manage your life and generate success. You have a more significant potential for happiness when you leave the past behind. Forgive those that have wronged you. Forgive yourself for your past mistakes.

Today, keep your attention on the present and the future. You are permanently leaving the past in your rearview mirror. Leave the past in the past and focus on the future.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. How can you enhance your ability to avoid focusing on the past?
  2. What are your goals for the future?
  3. What type of life do you dream of living?

Until next time, stay safe and keep the faith.

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