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Do you repeat the past, or are you creating the future?

2013-08-23 15:37 (comments: 0)

Whether in a relationships, in a career or in a business: most of us try to repeat the past. If something has worked before, why not try it again? This way of doing things seems safe because we know how we acted and solved things before. But this feeling of safety can be deceiving.

It can lead to a feeling of lifelessness and stagnation. Even when something clearly didn’t work, some people will still try to do more of the same thing, fooling themselves into believing that all it’s needed to make things work is more energy, harder work and yet another attempt… Just like a fly, flying repeatedly against the same closed window. This way, even though clearly unsuccessful, still seems more comfortable than entering a completely new territory.

If you reflect for a moment and think about when you felt most alive, full of enthusiasm, energy and drive, you will probably discover things like the beginning of an intimate relationship when everything was still new; starting in a new job where things were uncertain and where you had a steep learning curve; or maybe the time when you started your own business and you were following your vision and goals into an adventurous future filled with risks, but also promises. In all these situations you did not know exactly what and when to do, but you were alert and you observed and adjusted your behavior on the go. You didn’t have a clear plan, but you had plenty of motivation and desire to succeed! These are the ingredients for an interesting future. Look forward, let go of the past and be brave and adventurous! I wish you lots of fun and a feeling of being alive!



The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.




Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation.


Bernard M. Baruch


Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.


Dr. David M. Burns



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