10 Steps for women who finally want to fulfil their potential
A proverb by John Knittel states that you are old as soon as you have more pleasure in the past than in the future.
Are you one of those people who are in the present physically but their mind is still in the past? It is very hard, if not impossible, to discover and live your potential in this position!
You feel torn inside, wasting your resources on people and situations that have a completely different, or possibly, no role in the present.
Maybe you want to take a few minutes to reflect on the following questions:
Why you are sometimes stuck in the past?
- Do you not get old, burdening situations, failures or wrong decisions out of your mind?
- Do you regret missed chances and opportunities?
- Are you incapable of forgiving yourself for something in the past?
- Are you scared your best days might have gone?
- Would you like to turn back the clock to take another direction at a crossroads in your life?
- Is the future a major cause of concern to you?
How you can mentally bow out of the past
- Take time very consciously to think about something from the past that you cannot get out of your mind. Take a regular time for this, for example 20 minutes in the evening. When the time has elapsed, deliberately turn your thoughts to something totally different. You will probably be able to stop, or at least control your thoughts from going round in circles.
- Replace your thoughts about the past by consciously chosen positive plans. If you, for instance, continue to dwell on past quarrels or arguments, then firmly say to yourself “STOP!”, and then think of something beautiful, such as a holiday, a celebration or a relaxing day.
- Imagine your future in the best possible way, plan the first steps, and start realizing them. This gives you no more time to think about the past.
How you make peace with the past
- Learn to recognise facts from feelings! Emotions can be agonizing, take much space, suck energies, and often do not have anything to do with reality. Sometimes you might be carried away by fantasy. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
- Appreciate the experiences you have made in difficult situations in the past. Totally accept them. It is no use struggling with the past, so therefore, learn your lessons gratefully.
- Change your view of the past! If this is hard for you, imagine yourself as a neutral observer, and realize that it is mainly your emotions that do not let you rest. Try to pay attention to the facts, not the feelings, that connect you with the event in the past.
- Allow yourself to enjoy the present and look ahead. Even if you have lost someone very close to you, and must now live without them, it is important to learn to enjoy your life to the full again.