To Create The Future You Must Let Go Of The Past

I just got back from 3 glorious weeks of vacation and I wanted to say..

Hello...I'm so happy to see you again!

For a while there my life consisted of hot sand, the shockingly clear waters of Lake Tahoe and the roar of the boat engine.

 

Why am I sharing this with you?

 

Because, as I was flying back to home-base and work I realized that this vacation did more than just give me a reprieve from the day to day grind and a chance to hang out with my kids. It actually cleared my mind of all that baggage I was carrying around. All that stuff about what did or didn't work, how things went and what I did or didn't accomplish. Every time I jumped into the chilly waters I could feel a little more of the past wash away (and my heartbeat stop for one second).

I'm not sure exactly what's going on in this picture with my two boys (aside from fun) but I can tell you that we were only thinking of all the possibilities the day could hold and nothing about what happened a day, a week, a year ago.

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"You can't create the future if you are unwilling to let go of your past"

I use the word unwilling because letting go of your past is a choice. A choice to say, "yea, that happened and now I'm moving on!" I like to think of it as a book. What happened is just a chapter, but it doesn't have to be the entire book. You always have the opportunity to write new chapters. But you can't do that until you recognize the past for what it is and then, let go!

If I'm having a hard time letting go I whip open my Evernote app and start writing a "chapter" about everything that happened. Then I go back and label that chapter. Could be something like:

  • "When everything goes wrong"
  • "Well that was unexpected"

If the chapter is full of awesome happenings it might be:

  • "That's how you do it"
  • "When you reach the mountain top"

The act of writing it down and giving it a title makes it seem like something I can then put away. It signals that it's time to move on to something else, like when you are done with a chapter of a book. It releases you from what already happened, aka the past.

Then you are ready to move into the future and create the next chapter in your journey. Sometimes I'll pre-name my chapters just to give myself a little motivation and guidance.

Right now I'm working on the chapter called "Dragonflies and Badassery Pay Off."

I'll update you on this one later.

Whether you are an entrepreneur trying to launch a business or an intra-preneur trying to ignite change, you must be wiling to envision a new future and then release the shackles of the past. If you do that, the future becomes a reality, and if not, it just continues to be a dream.

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How do you deal with the past? Let it go and move into the future? The magic happens when we share with each other so post your brilliance below.

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3 Responses to “To Create The Future You Must Let Go Of The Past”

  1. Corey Loving says:

    So needed this today. Thank you Tamara. Sometimes I let the past hold me back from what I want to do. Thank you! Now to write my book chapter and put it in a drawer.

  2. Brooke Benschoter says:

    I have been holding on to the past so tight because it was my excuse for not being able to move ahead. That has changed in just the past 72 hours. And reading this was a little extra nudge. Thanks so much.

  3. Jeorge G. says:

    This is so true Tamara. Here's my tip on how I put the past in it's place, I journal and then I go for a short run. There is something about moving the body that also helps me move forward, especially if I am having a bad day or things aren't going as planned.