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Living In The Past
Have you ever met some people who love to talk to you about their past and they will start telling you about how great they were during those time? Sometimes it can be interesting to listen to their stories but when they start to boast about it a bit too frequently, it can turn out to be rather irritating.
Normally, those people who like to boast about their past are not as successful now as compared to them in the past. I believe that they are basking in their past glories as it helps them to feel better about themselves and it also give them a certain value of self worth.
The problem is, hanging on to their past achievements in this case will not help them as they are only living in the past and not trying to move forward in life. Their past achievements now acts only as dead weights hanging on to them to slow down their movements.
Looking Back In The Past
When I was studying in my secondary school (I believe it is middle school in US), I love sports and one of my favorite sports is basketball. I was playing the game for almost everyday and I also actively participated in sport events such as track and field and cross country events. I wasn’t too bad at sports and I won quite a few trophies during those time.
After I had graduated from secondary school, I became rather inactive and I did not continue playing basketball or picked up any new sports. However I couldn’t let go of my past achievements in sports and I found myself constantly talking about it.
The past became my comfort zone.
When there are any conversation regarding about sports, somehow I will manage to talk about my past achievements. Whenever I talked about my past glories, I felt great. Even though the feeling was good, deep down in my heart I knew that I wasn’t happy at the present moment because I did not have any new achievements to be proud of.
It was until one fine day when I am thinking to myself, “Why am I bragging so much about my past achievements? Am I successful now and do I have any new achievement that I am proud of?”
When I thought about this question, I was suddenly awakened and I knew that I am not happy about myself at that moment as I am not achieving as much as I would like to and I am only keeping those past memories as a way to make myself feel better. All those time I am only sitting in my own comfort zone which is in the past and I can only bask in my past glories.
I knew that in order for me to achieve new achievements in life, I need to let go of my past achievements and strive to achieve new ones. Even though it is hard to let go, I decided to cast aside my achievements in the past and focus on getting new ones.
I had read books that mentioned that our past success can help to inspire us to achieve other new success in life but somehow this time round I found that my past successes are hindering me instead. It seems like letting go of them will be the wiser choice this time.
I decided to throw away off my trophies and medals and not to brag about my past anymore.
What Happened Next
So what do you think happened after I threw away my trophies and medals which are my physical attachments to the past?
One thing for sure is that I got a lot more room for myself and less clutters, both physically and mentally. Another thing was I felt insecure as I do not have any past achievements to lean back on. This cause me to think a lot more harder on how to achieve new achievements. When I was brain storming for what I can achieve, I felt happy and excited about all the possibilities that could happen.
The dead weights were removed and I had seen a huge amount of possibilities in front of me and I couldn’t wait to achieve them. My life started to improve since I had let go of the my past achievements. I started to be more in the present and I continue to accumulate new achievements. I am enjoying every moment of the present right now. I did not know that chasing after new goals can be that exciting and it is definitely much more better than living in the past.
So are you holding on to something of your past that doesn’t help you? Are you living in the present or the past? There are a lot more possibilities by letting go of the past and living in the present. If your past doesn’t help you to achieve more in life, let it go and focus your energy in the present to achieve new heights in your life.
To your success,
Enjoying the present
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