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Stop Hating Your Past and Your Future Will Blossom

Is there something from your past, that you did or didn’t do, that really bugs you?

Do you find yourself beating yourself up over it?

Even if you say no, think about this: Is there something that you have wanted to accomplish for a while now, but you just haven’t done it? Why haven’t you done it? Could it be that you are so angry with yourself for letting so much time pass? Could that anger be blocking you from moving forward?

Whether you realize it or not, if you are hating yourself for something in your past, that is going to block your ability to be happy today and to realize the future you want.

Here’s the Good News: You can change your future starting TODAY!

The Regret Problem

In order to solve the problem we need to understand the problem. When there is something that we regret from our past what we really want is to change the past. But we CAN NOT change the past. This is the crux of the dilemma. We can’t change the past and we need to accept this. But we continue to hold onto the hope that we can change the past every time we beat ourselves up over it.

The time that you spend hating yourself and calling yourself names in your head is time that could be spent on building a better future. The next time you think about your regret, listen to your internal voice.

The Regret Solution

1. Name the regret. (example: I wish I did _______. or I wish I didn’t do __________. I wish ________ didn’t happen.)

2. Accept that you can’t change the past. Write down this statement. “I can not change the past. I can not change [my regret]. But I can change my future one day at time starting today.”

3. Decide what you want to happen in the future. Choose the one really important thing you want to change. Write it down in simple terms. (examples: I want to be happy. I want to accomplish ____________. I want to have a positive relationship. I want a career doing _______.  I want to become __________.  I want to feel healthy. I want to become a great salesperson.)

4. Ask the Power Question each day. “What can I do today that moves me towards the future I want?”

5. Take action early in the day. If your goal is important then give it priority by working on it the first chance you are able each day. Do a little bit first thing in the day and over time it will get done. Your chores can wait! Remember this example: If you wanted to write a book, and you wrote just one page each day, by the end of the year you would have a 365 page book! A little bit each day really adds up if you consistently work on it.

6. Change your self talk. Write down your new empowering mantra for yourself. Practice saying it out loud and in your head often! (example: I am a life-long runner. I make the best choice I can in any given moment. I choose actions that foster a good relationship. My little steps will get me to my desired career. Each day I am becoming a little healthier.)

Remember This

Slow and steady does win the race. And it’s actually a long race. And that’s how we should look at life. We shouldn’t try to rush the good things we want. The attaining of those good things should be woven joyously into our good life each day. We need to enjoy the journey to stay on track for our goals. Most of our days are spent on the journey, not at the destination, so you should chose to enjoy the “travels.”

If you miss a day working towards your goal, remember: This Day, This Moment is Where You Have the Power to Change and Create Your Future. So just start there and leave the past where is belongs, in the past.

Here’s to your bright future! What will you choose today?

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10 Responses to Stop Hating Your Past and Your Future Will Blossom

  1. Ann February 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Thanks for the encouragement to make positive change for our future! I am going to start exercising today because of this post!!!

    • AgentSully February 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      @Ann – Go for it! Small successes add up! You can do it!!!

  2. WoodworkingForYourHome February 28, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    I am naval architeture and marine engineer. After reading your post further strengthened the idea of ??establishing my own business. I will start to work the construction of model ships in my workshop. Thanks for this post.

    • AgentSully February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      @Woodworking – sounds awesome! Go for it!

  3. Jaysee Blabs February 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Reading it makes me feel like you are actually talking to me! I needed an encouragement like this for quite sometime now to take the load off my back. Great blog btw.

    • AgentSully March 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

      Thanks Jaysee. So glad to hear that this was helpful for you!

  4. valwriting March 5, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Thank you so much for this post.I found lots of interesting information here. And thanks for sharing it’s really wonderful and useful =)))

  5. iphoneiac June 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I never felt any responsibility and i never put much effort into making a better living for myself. A few years ago i changed. Only problem is now im a workaholic and still constantly beat myself over the head because i feel im not putting in enough effort. I know it all has to do with my past and i need to let it go. But it’s hard.

    I hear what you say and i know your right. I just cant FEEL it.
    if you know what i mean..

    • AgentSully June 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

      Iphoniac – yes I do know what you mean!

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