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Not the Then but the Now

The past does not define you, the present does.
– Jillian Michaels

Who you were and what you did are in the past.  It’s not the then but the now that matters. If you’ve made mistakes in your past, it’s okay.  When you think about it, who hasn’t messed up at some point in the past.  You have to move forward from them and create a new and better future for yourself.

not the then but the nowI make mistakes all the time.  I sometimes look at my own kids and wonder how in the heck they turned out okay because I messed up a lot as a parent. But every time I made one of those parenting mistakes, I had to make a decision.  I learned from it, and I moved on.  The learning is the big piece.  Learn from your past, if something worked, do it again.  If it didn’t work, figure out why, how you can fix it and move on.

I know, you’re probably thinking there are some things in the past that are too big to come back from.  I really don’t think that’s the case.  No matter what the mistake, if you’re truly repentant and do your best to make amends, you’re good.  Will everyone forgive you?  Probably not, but you’re not living life to get approval and acceptance from others. Well you shouldn’t be, anyhow.  Life your life for you.  Let go of the mistakes that you have made.  Don’t get mired in the past.  It happened, and it’s over. Let it go and move on.  Who you are now and what you’re doing now define you. Not what you may do in the future, and not what you did in the past.  It’s not the then, but the now that matters.  Make it count.

Define Yourself – Challenge Day 8

Define Yourself – Challenge Day 7
by Tracie

The past does not define you, the present does.
– Jillian Michaels

Think back to when you were a little kiddo.  Who you were then is not who you are now.  That’s the amazing thing about who we are.  We get to choose.  Your past is just that, it’s your past.  If you don’t like who you were, then you get to change it and be the person you want to become.  It may not be easy, but if you want it bad enough, you can do it.

There are so many people who don’t get that.  They think that they’re stuck in the same place and nothing will ever change that.  The make their present a mirror image of their past.  I say break the mirror, and create a new present.  It can be anything you want.  You can do it. You have the power.  You don’t have to limit yourself to your past, and you can craft your new future.

Are you participating in the 30 day positivity challenge?  If so, sound off in the comments and share your positive thoughts and what this quote is saying to you.  Or you can share your thoughts on the facebook page or on the live journal community.

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