Dwelling on the past does not help us in our personal development journey. Most of the times, we are happy to get past our history, our past and live in the now. Of course, the past can not be edited, can not be deleted, just as we do with a word document or as Jake could do with a podcast episode he does not like.
But he does offer us today three strategies we can apply in order to change that past just a bit.
Acceptance. We need to accept the past for what it is. By accepting it, we remove any emotions related to it. We don’t need to love it, hate it, just accept it for what it is, or better said for what it was.
Apologize. If you want to accept the past, you need to apologize. As tough as it may seem, this is the only way to bring yourself back to a neutral position. That noise, the brain fog associated with your past will be lift up once you do just that: apologize.
Understand the past is a part of your journey. Just as mythologist Joseph Campbell put it, we are all heros of our own journey. And the past is just a part of our identity, of our history, that will help take us to where we need to go. This journey circulates around many areas: our relationships, our financial lives, our passion and purpose and can last for a while. But its mission is not to hold us back, but trully help us become what we need to be.
If your past is a hot mess, please take these three steps described above.
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