… not backward
“You can feed your history, or you can feed your destiny. But you can’t feed both.” – Joel Osteen
It’s a new year and you get to choose – do you look forward, or do you look backward? Where do you put your focus, energy and time? On the things of yesterday that cannot be changed? Or on those things right in front of you that you can impact in this very moment to shape your today and your tomorrow?
You get to choose.
2017 is behind us – the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful. It’s all behind us. Gone. Done. Time to take the lessons and the blessings of last year and fold them neatly away. These are not things to be obsessed over or fixated on. Time to let go and move on.
2018 is here and there’s something good waiting for you. It wants you to take notice. It needs you to put the past behind you and trust in the future. It’s asking you to take a leap of faith and envision a destiny filled with passion, prosperity and purpose. It needs you to pull the blinds on disappointments, old hurts, and unfulfilled dreams. It commands you to see today as an opportunity to create new dreams. Realistic, meaningful, personal dreams – big or small – that no thing can deter you from achieving. But you have to be fully present. And you can’t be fully present if you’re looking behind you, hanging onto old junk that’s cluttering your imagination. Your full attention is needed.
Consider this: attention is one-directional. To have the greatest impact you must be focused one-directionally. When you split your attention you are no longer focused – you are distracted. Distraction diminishes our ability to think clearly. It waters down creativity. It lessens our overall effectiveness. Distraction causes us to dispel energy in a way that sends us spinning in many directions with no clear destination. Wasted energy.
What often causes the most distraction in our lives? The PAST! We get so caught up on what didn’t happen, or who didn’t do what they said they would, or what opportunity didn’t come to fruition. We are distracted by so many different things that we can do absolutely nothing to change. And, yet, that’s what we hold on to – usually with a stubborn resolve.
Let it go! Use it as fuel to propel you in a new direction. And if you run into a roadblock, make a turn and go a different direction. As long as it’s not backwards! Going backwards traps you in a vicious cycle of undermining your own blessings or the rewards of your efforts. You get stuck. Depressed. Become full of blame. A lot of time is wasted.
So look ahead. Be forward-focused. See the possibilities. Create your own path and walk it – heck, run it, skip along it, water-slide down it if you feel so inclined. Just go forward!
You get to choose.
I challenge you this year to be brave. To know no limits. To see the possibilities. And, most of all, to believe. Happy New You!