Leaving the Past Behind

Many people cling to their experiences and limitations of the past as a way of having an excuse not to move forward. This is only excess baggage that slows you down.

Approximately 90 percent of all decisions are decided as a result of your past and only 10 percent are a result of the actual situation. Challenge someone to walk across a wood beam that is elevated approximately five feet in the air. If the person being challenged had never fallen before, she would most likely take the challenge and happily walk across. If someone else taking the challenge had fallen and gotten hurt due to a similar incident, he would most likely decline the challenge.

It seems like the past is always lingering somewhere in your mind to effect your present and future. When given a challenge, you may have heard people respond with statements such as, “I'm not very coordinated, I probably won't be able to do that.” “I've never been able to do anything like that before.” “That kind of thing has never worked for me.” Each one of these statements is an excuse from the past to not have to attempt something in the present. They are self-imposed limitations that can be crippling.


In order to understand the nature of fear, look at fear as an acronym: False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear is something that exists in your mind that has not happened, or it is something from the past that has created a life or reality of its own.

Being aware of this hindrance is the first step toward progress. Through awareness you can attempt to leave the past behind you so that you can approach each challenge in life as a unique, new challenge. You can now make decisions with the information at hand rather than relying on limitations of your past. Whenever you find yourself using a past experience as a reason not to confront a new challenge, realize that it is an excuse.

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