When I woke up this morning The Grasshopper was waiting on my pillow with these words: “If you look at life through a rear view mirror, your biography has already been written.”
Wow! what a time saver. No need to write an auto-biography. Just find someone who was always looking back and read their story; then change their name to yours.
It reminded me of two time tested axioms:
- If you want to know where you are going, look where you’ve been.
- If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.
When forging ahead, it’s a distraction to be looking back. Reminds me of a story . . .
The other night I took Snuffy the Black Nosed Beagle for a late evening walk. Just as we walked out the door, there was a rabbit sitting in the middle of our front lawn. I figured Snuffy would go into howling mode and drag me at lightning speed to chase after it. He didn’t. He went onto stealth, stalker mode.
The micro-movement of his muscles was a thing of beauty to watch. He crept closer and closer keeping his laser focus on the bunny in front of him. His patience was admirable. Then it happened. A car came down the side street and he shifted his focus ever so slightly to see the car, and the rabbit took off like a shot. NOW I was being dragged at lightning speed by a howling hound.
Looking back can only give you perspective, not a directive. It can tell you what not to do, not what to do.
Looking forward is a discipline, one that requires that your focus stays on what’s in front of you.
Every time you look back, you take your eye off the ball and strike out in the wrong direction.
If you are looking to write a different auto-biography, your back story is irrelevant. Your front page headline has to be in BIG, BOLD type and read: LOOKING FORWARD!
I don’t have a step-by-step strategy to offer, only a suggestion: Focus on what’s right in front of you. This will give you the presence of mind to stop looking back and letting your prey get away.
All the best,
LOSE WEIGHT & KEEP IT OFF
STOP SMOKING FOREVER
SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT EVERY NIGHT
IMPROVE YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE
I LOVE MY BODY
RELAX IN 2 MINUTES
FEEL FOREVER YOUNG
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