Your Future is Influenced by the Way You Think About the Past
How do you decide which choices will be best?
“Will your tomorrow be plagued with needless regrets, or filled with the opportunity to create a better you?” — Jill Reid | Discover Your Personal Truth
How often does your mind drift to the past?
If I had to guess, I’d say pretty much every day. Same here.
As the moments and hours and weeks go by, we’re often reminded of previous situations, personal experiences, memories of loved ones, even failures and successes that have brought us to right where we are.
But is there a point when all this daydreaming can take us on an unnecessary mental chase?
I’m wondering if there’s any reason to allow our minds to resuscitate every little detail - especially the ones that bring along those feelings of guilt, regret, and anxiety.
Maybe there’s a way we can hold onto those aspects of our lives - past and present - that will provide an opportunity to learn, grow, and move forward with positivity and confidence.
Here’s an excerpt from a story in Discover Your Personal Truth that takes into consideration a few perspectives about why we keep such a tight grasp on the past, along with a few suggestions for loosening the hold from time-to-time in ways that can serve us best.
What Does Your Tomorrow Look Like?
Yesterday, you didn’t know what today would bring. Tomorrow is a canvas yet to be filled.
Yet every day, we make decisions—choices—that will make our tomorrows better, worse, or leave them exactly the same.
Many of our decisions are the result of habits that have been developed over time. Through repetition, they’ve become so much a part of our auto-response mechanism that we’re hardly aware of them—or their consequences.
Good habits typically result in positive outcomes. Not-so-good habits have the opposite effect.
The truth about habits is they become ingrained in our subconscious, reflecting a part of our identity until new actions adjust or replace them.
So how do we consciously decide which choices to make—what actions will be the best, every time?
I’ve noticed, for the most part, there are three types of behavior in the majority of people I meet.
Each has its merits—and lessons.
What I’ve learned is that much of the way we influence our future is based on how we think about the past. It’s our personal reference point—an internal source of knowledge we believe is real and trustworthy.
And it’s this foundation of experience that we rely on to determine how we will live each day …
Read the full story in Discover Your Personal Truth . If you’re more visually inclined …Click Here to watch the Book Trailer on my YouTube Channel …
In health & happiness,
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Jill Reid is the author of Real Life, Discover Your Personal Truth, Life in Small Doses, and Please God, Make Me A Writer. Her books, videos, and newsletter explore life, relationships, health, and personal success strategies for working through the challenges of everyday life.
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