– Stephen Covey
We have always liked talking about our lives, the past, its implications and how we can use our experiences to lead a greater quality of life. As we continue to do that, Stephen Covey comes to our rescue today. Our previous popular post on “How To Stop Being A Prisoner Of The Past” got a very interesting review and we thought it was time we make another one before that post finds a way to be a glory of the past ;).
The Ghosts Of The Past
Anyways, coming to the topic – we all have a ghost in the past – something we are proud to accept and sometimes we are not. But rest assured that we all have a past, a past we are really proud of and a past we are not so much fond of. The pleasant ones boost our confidence, improve our outlook towards life and make us feel more full of life. However the unpleasant ones leave an impact too – an impact not too many of us would like.
I remember the times when I have been haunted by these ghosts of the past. It used to happen very regularly with a stage talk. But at some point we all realize what is pulling us down, Right? At some point we alll realize that what happened a long time ago doesn’t really matter. What matters is what we do about it. For life is never about looking back and lamenting. It is not something we live or lead in retrospect. It is something we live everyday, we feel everyday and rejoice everyday. We can’t let what happened yesterday play a significant role in what is happening today.
So What If?
So what if your previous relationship didn’t work well – it doesn’t mean that your current one is going to go awry the exact same way. If you are thinking so, then you are really not being very fair to your current partner. What if your previous boss was an ass and completely disapproved of what you did? That shouldn’t be shattering your dreams. If anything should change, it is your boss, not your attitude, not the spirit that defines you. No one should be given the right or the place to shatter your spirit. What if every effort you put in the last time went in vain?
Life is crappy sometimes and we have all seen our share of it. Not that we like it, but it doesn’t mean that we have to overstay our welcome there. If life is going through nonsense, it becomes our responsibility to step out of it and look at the bigger picture. It becomes an onus on us to take control and be in charge of life. We can’t afford to feel sad for what happened in the past and pull ourselves down. That is never going to help us take today or tomorrow to the place where we want to.
Imagination And Dreams
Our imagination or our dreams are very powerful tools. The more trust we put in them, the better they serve us. They take us to better places and do some extraordinary things. They define the spirit within us and make us go beyond our limitations that hold us back. This is the elixir which keeps us abreast of the challenges we face. These are the life juices which keep us more and more alive. The more we trust in them, the more we work on them, the better we get at them.
All that past can bring you is misery, a reminder of the time when you failed. That is not going to make your current project succeed. If the past was a mistake, then it was a mistake – move on from it, move on fast. Like Bernard Shaw says –
“A life spent on making mistakes is not only honorable but also more useful than a life spent on doing nothing”
Or how about our previous post where we talked about a favourite quote
While One Person Hesitates Because He Feels Inferior, The Other Is Busy Making Mistakes And Becoming Superior
So, get out of that couch, forget about all those hindrances of the past. Our dreams await us, our imagination awaits us. And as Stephen Covey says, these are the things that are going to take us forward.
And as always – Belief is a choice, the only question is what you want to believe in.
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