Overcoming our past represents the first step toward creating our future. In her book, Daring Greatly, Brene Brown speaks of overcoming the shame of our past, our images, our thought life.
What in your past do you need to lay aside to REALLY achieve what you want to do this year?
Our past failures should never limit what is possible tomorrow. The Apostle Paul reminds us that we should forget what lies behind us and strain forward to what lies ahead. (Philippians 3:13) The goal must always be ahead of us. While it is certainly true our past has shaped our character and personality, it must always remain our launching pad and never our landing zone. Great men and women of history all overcame great odds to achieve their goals. Their inspiration fuels us and reminds us that only through adversity do we achieve all we are capable of accomplishing. The pain of our past stands in clear contrast to the victorious glory of our future success.
My previous pain does not diminish the joy of my success—instead it makes the sweet smell of success that much richer! Only the hours on the track sweating and losing toenails make that race ‘work.’ The hours spent writing my dissertation added value to the piece of paper on my wall declaring that I have am a doctor of education. That wonder on my face the day I crossed the stage glowed from the inside out—because I had fought hard, suffered much, and cried a few tears thinking I could never write that paper. Cheaply bought success is cheaply sold. Work hard—dare greatly! PUSH ON!