I hear a lot of people talking about what they used to do and referring to their past. A lot. It makes me wonder why people don’t focus or talk as much about the future as they do about the past.
I’m not saying to forget about how you got here and forgot all the great memories and milestones of your life. I’m simply saying there’s more ahead! Lots more. Your past, your experiences and your choices all brought you to where you are today. But I hear a lot of people dwelling on the past. Your “best days are ahead” if you choose to live and think that way.
I remember when I was in my early-mid 20’s (a few years back) and my buddies would talk a lot about the “glory days” of high school. Why all the focus on the past? Even today I hear old friends talk about “the good ole’ days” from 10 or 20 years ago. Are the glory days in your past or in your future…….
Personally I aspire to live my life with an approach that my “best days” are ahead of me. And from now on, I am re-affirming my commitment to myself to focus 99% of my mental energy on the present, not the past. I heard a Ted Talk a while back that resonated with me and the best line of the whole thing aside from the kickass message, was “Live with your future self in mind.” Every decision you make, every time you find yourself at a crossroad, every approach and response to situations in life… live with your future self in mind. Everything we do shapes our future.
Let’s learn from the past, appreciate that it got you to where you are today, and molded who you are today…but try to spend 100 percent (not 99) of our time talking about today and the future.
Our best day is today. The only thing that could be better than today is tomorrow. And that isn’t always guaranteed.
All of your thinking is a choice. If you think your best days are ahead, you’re right. If you think your best days are over, you’re right.
Your life is your own creation. You are the director of how you choose to think.