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 The past is an education, not a prediction.

Many of you know that my early history was a study on how not to succeed. There are lots of things I used to blame this on from my parents, to my low self-esteem, to how bad things just seemed to always happen to me, to anything else in between. The truth of the matter is that I used to look at my prospects in life from the eyes of “poor me.” I used each failure as a prediction for why the next thing would not work for me either. In other words, my past was a prediction for my future, because I consistently behaved and acted the same way I had in the past.

The reality is that the past is a great source of education and experience, but from a future perspective it is nothing more. I thank God that my eyes were opened to this in my late 20’s and the past was no longer a shackle for me. At any moment you too can make the decision that the past has no hold on your future…you can glean the lessons and apply them in a positive way and use your bounty of gifts to influence a wonderful future. Here is a little nugget from Jim Rohn for you to feast on:

“As certainly as we once dreamed, we can dream again. As surely as we once believed, we can believe again. No matter where we are right now, we still have the ability to change it all. The journey toward success is a journey of a thousand steps, and it begins with a single book or a single promise finally kept. It begins with the awakening of our sleeping spirit brought on by dreams of all that could be. any day we choose we can stand up and take that first step on a journey that can lead us to a new and better way of life. We must not expect results merely because we have begun the activity, but with continued effort and certain steps will surely come our future rewards.”


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