Your Past Is Not Your Future

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Each of us has regrets, losses, or times in our past that we would rather forget. But we can’t let our past define who we are or who we will become. One of my favorite sayings is; No one can rob you of your joy unless you allow it. Sometimes, those in our life will constantly bring up our past or what we have done in the past. Don’t be angry with them. Typically, they are just worried that your old patterns will resurface. If this happens to you, assure those in your life that only you can change your future and that you are committed to doing just that, but with their support, it will be easier. Ask them to erase the past for a short period of time and allow you to earn back their trust. Or maybe you have someone in your life who needs your support. Maybe they truly want their future to be different than their past. Give them a chance, and try not to worry about what happened in the past. Each of us has the power to overcome obstacles and patterns in our past, which threaten to define who we are or who we could become. The secret is that you must believe that your past is not your future. Once you embrace that belief, anything is possible.

Something to Think About
Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” I love that saying. It reinforces the belief that where we have been doing does not dictate where we are going. With determination and positivity, we can chart a new course for ourselves at any time in our lives. Only you can choose your path and create your future.

Weekly Activity
Stop being so hard on yourself or others. Sometimes it’s just a series of baby steps, one step at a time. Practice tolerance their week.

Words of Wisdom
I don’t believe in regret, I feel everything leads us to where we are and we have to just jump forward, mean well, commit and just see what happens. –  Angelina Jolie

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it.
– Katherine Mansfield

Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other path, no other way, No day but today. – Jonathan Larson

I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut and really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose because settling is the worst feeling in the world. – Rihanna

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