Focus Forward

Your future isn’t in the rear-view mirror. Yes, past experience IS important, but the best way to use the past is to evaluate that experience, pull forth the wisdom of what works well for you and what doesn’t then focus forward. Learn from the failures and mistakes: a better way of looking at situations, at people, at yourself, then examine your attitude. Are you positive about your future or complaining about your present?  Complaining does serve a purpose, it helps to clear your head, get it off your chest and makes you feel better temporarily – temporarily being the key word here. But most complaining is about entitlement; we expect and ‘deserve’ certain things; we feel entitled to them. Most of the addicts I’ve know in my life have suffered from what I call the ‘entitlement syndrome’. Get over yourself! Right now someone, somewhere is training to kick your butt. If you truly want to be successful, add more value to the work, your family, your community. When you stop adding value, people forget who you are – sad, but true.

Focus forward means you’re looking to your future, while being firmly planted in the present. Your attitude and motivation in the present are shaped by your view of the future. Are you looking through the eyes of darkness, entitlement and down-and-out or are you looking at the future through the eyes of “if it’s to be it’s up to me and yes I can”? Focus forward puts you in the drivers seat. It allows you to see what’s up the road, the obstacles so you get them before they get you; but most importantly it enables you to see the opportunities before they pass you by. You’ll make better decisions, solve problems more effectively, make a deeper connection with those who can support and help you on your journey, and grow yourself as a leader.

What’s important today is not where you’ve been, but where you’re going.

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~ by transformativethoughts on September 29, 2010.

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