People who teach motivation and self development often recite the mantra that you should always look forwards. The past is gone, we say, don't dwell there. Learn from the past, enjoy the present and plan for the future.
What is often forgotten in all that is the word 'learn'.
It seems to me that in many ways we were more intelligent in the past. How often do we look back at some achievement we made years ago and think, 'how did I do that?' Even the thought of repeating the actions that led to our earlier success seems to be beyond us now.
So what happened?
It is not that we were brighter, or more able. It is not that we knew more - quite the reverse in fact. Barring accidents or illness, we are probably more able and more intelligent now than we were then.
What has happened is that somehow, once we achieve a degree of success, we unlearn the process that led us there. We start to see the success as the process, not the road we took. And we convince ourselves that luck played a bigger part than it really did.
I would say look back, not in anger, but in awe at the achievements we have already notched up and learn from them. Relearn the processes that we took, the action steps we stumbled along and know in our hearts that what we have done once we can surely do again. But this time we can bring even more experience and skill to the table.
Look back at the person we once were, at the achievements that person made and know, for absolute certain, that anything they can do, you can do better.#personaldevelopment #believeinyourself #grindhustleachieve