Nothing will defeat you faster than not letting go of the past. I encourage all of my clients to draw a line in the sand and not look back. I also warn them that typically around week 4 or 5 of digging out they may become discouraged and when they become discouraged they will start thinking “I wish I would have or I wish I wouldn’t have…” Whatever happened has happened. You cannot go back and change it so don’t focus on it. If you focus on negative thoughts…you get negative results.
Can you ever look back?
Is there every an exception to the “don’t look back rule”. I hesitantly say yes. I tell them it is okay to look back only if they take a lesson from their experience and to share the experience with others. But they are to only share the story so others can benefit from the experience, not so they can wallow in self-pity; what I don’t want them to do is to dwell on the past mistakes. They are already dealing with the consequences of the issue so why make things worse by focusing on the cause as well? So if you are going to share the experience, share it quickly and move on.
Refocus and move forward
Draw the line in the sand and don’t look. What would happen if you looked in the rear-view mirror for a minute or two while driving? You would veer off course and maybe crash, right? Guess what happens when you look back while trying to move forward with your goals? The same thing, you get off course and you just may crash.
So remember, look forward, not back. Your future depends on it.
You have a choice, and the choice is yours.
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