As an avid reader, and a keen but as yet unpublished author.. I often think of my life in terms of a story.
Seeing this quote made me think. We live so much of our life reflecting on the past, regurgitating elements and analysing them until we have tied ourselves in knots, why do we do that?
I absolutely subscribe to the principle of reflection, learning from and therefore doing it better next time – but not over-analysing what is past.
Beating yourself up, berating yourself for getting things wrong, ‘wishing’ you’d done it differently – waste of time. Stop it, right now! Learn from it and write your future, with what you have learnt, clearly in your mind.
Ask yourself: How much of my life is dictated by what has already happened, and how much of my life, and the decisions I make is aspirational and rooted in my dreams for myself? Seriously, ask yourself. If you spend 20% of your time reflecting in order to utilise your experience to the betterment of your future you are doing a great job. If you spend 70% of your time thinking about the coming chapters, you are doing a great job! 10% in the present. What is happening right now, being ‘mindful’, appreciating the moment in the day that you are in. Excellent! If it’s anything else – just take a few moments to reflect. How can you change?
What about the way we discuss our performance in business? We spend 70% of our time talking about what has happened, and (if you’re lucky) 20% talking about the future – right?
If we spent more time ‘writing our future’ rather than ‘reading our past’ how much more positive and productive our lives would be. Some people use vision boards, some write goals, some simply daydream. These are all great practices for focussing on the future. What’s yours?
Imagine your life as a story. What happens next is up to you – right?
Not if you don’t write your story before someone writes it for you. Dont give them that pen.. it’s yours! YOU decide.