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Self-improvement: The past does not equal the future October 10, 2012

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Ego Management, Overcoming Fear.
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In managing our ego or our mindset towards ongoing improvement in our life circumstances, what you do now and in the future is more important than what you did or did not do in the past.

Tony Robbins makes an important point in his book Notes to a Friend, when he comments, “What you did in the past does not determine what you will do in the future.”

Robbins is not saying that what we have done in the past has absolutely no effect on the future, because it does. What he is saying is that we can change how we take actions today; and the actions of today can be different than how we acted in the past.

It’s an important distinction because the ego’s tendency is to focus on the past and the unknown, rather than on the reality of today.

If we are constantly revisiting the past with all of its mistakes and omissions, or worrying about possible problems in the future, it is difficult to focus on positive actions we can take today.

It’s worth remembering that there are second chances in life.

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