I’m guilty of paying too much attention to the past and not enough on the future. At the same time, I’m guilty of sometimes living in the future and forgetting about the present. I’m sure you could relate to this too. It’s like a blessing and a curse. It is good to think about the future, and it is important to envision where you are going. Yet, it is bad to get so caught up in what is to come without handling your business currently. Life forces us to make decisions daily. Some decisions weigh heavier than others, but all are important when you think about it. The breakfast you eat may determine if you feel sluggish throughout the day, or perhaps the Netflix show you choose to watch may affect your productivity. No matter what side the coin is flipped on, we must keep in mind that every decision that we make is either harmful or helpful.
I’ve found that deep within the solace of my own mind is a voice that wants to be heard. The voice cries out to me throughout the day. “Don’t do that. You know better.” Or “Give yourself some more credit.” These are a few of the things that I hear in my head. No lie, some days it feels like I’m trying to swim against the current and it can be tiring. I know this is just my subconscious mind trying to steer me in the right direction. However, it can also feel like I get too wrapped up in my own head. There are times when I must quiet the voice so that I can think and not be so critical of myself. Can you relate? When is the last time you had thoughts that were too harsh on yourself? When was the last time you had positive thoughts?
Sometimes people allow their minds to be like an elementary school playground with no control. I get it; you’re human, and because of that you will have your moments. In those moments, you may need to just let your mind roam for a while. Allow your thoughts to move freely. Then, there are other times when you must focus your mind on a certain task or goal. Frequently, we tend to forget how much control we have over our lives with our mindset. This is an underrated asset that we need to use more efficiently. The issue is we allow our shortcomings and failures to stick around. When this happens, we forget that our yesterday does not have to be our tomorrow. Your past does not need to determine your future. Where you have been is not where you are going. There is more to life; there is more to accomplish.
I need you to really grasp this concept because it is critical to your success. This applies to studying for your NPTE, but more importantly it applies to your life. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. There is no reason to be ashamed or feel regret from what is behind you, but you must redirect your focus to what is ahead of you. Those scars and wounds from the past help make you who you are today.
Those lessons are a key component of who you are. It is alright to look back. It is not alright to keep your eyes back there. It does not matter how many tests you didn’t pass in school. It does not matter how many times you faced rejection. It does not matter how many times you were doubted and counted out. Everything that you are not made you everything that you are. I know the past has a way of reminding you about mistakes you have made. You end up downplaying your potential because of this. I want you to remember you did not come this far to ONLY come this far. Use the past to shape a better future. Take all the failures, mistakes, and success from the past and analyze it. See what lessons you can take from these things to mold a better future for yourself. Regardless of where you have been, you have much further to go. So, the next time your past tries to cripple you, look at how it is preparing you for what is ahead. Keep grinding so you can pass your NPTE, then you will finally be able to say, “Thank u, next.”
Karl Bourne, Lead Blog Writer