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When You Get Back to the Future Will You Regret the Past?

Doesn’t seem to make sense, does it?  “Back to the future,” that is.  The concept may have more relevance than you might think!

I’m reminded of what has become a classic movie from the 1980s.  The main character, Marty McFly, experiences a time machine accident and is sent 30 years back in time.

The rest of the story revolves around his efforts to get “back to the future.”  Back to the life he lived before the time machine accident.

What if you were sent back in time?  When you get back to the future, as Marty attempted to do, will you regret what you did in the past?  Will you allow those things to impact what you achieve in the future?

Some serious questions for you!

I would like to suggest you not focus on those things from the past except to learn from them and make the necessary changes they suggest.

Think about it as follows…

Here you sit…it’s a new day and you’re wondering what to do with it. Sorry…but, if you’re at the beginning of a new day and still wondering what to do with it, you’ve already lost it.

Your aspirations in life can’t be realized through looking in a rear-view mirror. If you truly aspire to achieve something you must be forward thinking and do something!

Get “back to the future,” so to speak, by doing the right things; in the right way; and at the right time while in the present.

Here’s a tip.

Everyday should end with you reflecting on what you accomplished that day toward fulfilling your aspirations in life. Through that reflection you can see a clear picture of what you should do tomorrow to move forward.

From that picture create your plan of action for the next day. Operative word in that last sentence: ACTION!

The word, aspiration, is defined in one way as “a hope or ambition.” In other words, by definition an, aspiration is something you hope for or have an ambition toward in the future.

If you hope to realize your aspirations, you must turn your ambitions into actions.  You do that by…

  • Having a clear vision of what it is to which you aspire.
  • Developing a detailed plan for realizing your aspiration.
  • Disciplining yourself to develop a daily plan that defines the small steps you must take to complete the larger plan.
  • Adapt and adjust your plans as circumstances change.

All of that is to say, aspire each and every day to take more action than reflection. Yes, spend some time at the end of each day in reflection on your day’s accomplishments but use what you learn to kick yourself into action.

That way when you get “back to the future” you will appreciate what you did in the past to get there.

What is the most important step you will take to become more forward thinking?

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Mindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) helps organizations with inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps people better profit through performance.

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