Are you one of those people who doesn’t like to explore your past? Maybe it’s too painful…or you think it will be too painful…to go back and look at experiences that caused you pain and unhappiness. In fact, your past holds the key to your future. That’s why it’s so important to understand your past. Doing so helps you achieve the success you desire as you move forward.
It’s possible that you don’t even have to delve into seriously painful events. Maybe you just need to explore the programming you received growing up. You might need to determine how you arrived at your current belief systems and habits.
When you understand why you have your current beliefs, mindsets, and habits—where, when and how you adopted them—you can decide to keep them or throw then out and create new ones that serve you and your future.
If your father told you that you’d never succeed in business because you received a C in a math class in high school, you might have decided to believe him—on a subconscious level. And now you wonder why you can’t get ahead at your job or in your entrepreneurial endeavors. Ask yourself if you want that one event and his words to define your business success? Probably not. Ask yourself whether that one grade truly defines your business acumen? Probably not. Therefore, your belief that you are not a good businessperson and never will be simply isn’t true.
And that’s the case with most of our beliefs. Someone else gave them to us. Our thoughts, habits and mindsets simply follow suit.
But to do that, first you have to understand where, when and how your beliefs were formed. That takes looking at your past and understanding the past.
Have you learned something about your past that helped you change your future for the better? Tell me about it in a comment below.