Don't let the experiences of the past limit your vision for the future.
A voice from the past may keep telling us we can't be more than we've been. Sometimes, our boss, a co-worker, friends or family may tell us the same thing. We may have had an experience that caused us to doubt our potential. The past is a long series of lessons that give us wisdom, not a barrier that limits who we are or what we can be tomorrow. What we envision and believe shapes our future.
If you've been on planet earth for a few decades, you've collected a boatload of experiences. Too often, we allow those experiences to build walls around us that define what we can and can't do, what we can and can't be, what we will and won't be able to accomplish in this life. We let our past choices and experience limit who we are and what we can become.
They say experience is the best teacher. Those experiences are there to help us learn things about ourselves, those around us and the way our world works. And they are mighty fine teachers if we take the time to learn the lessons these experiences offer.
But those experiences are not meant to teach us limits. They are meant to give us wisdom and perspective. Yet, we unconsciously allow our past experiences to restrain us.
Now is the time to realize that all those past experiences are only teachers, not boxes, roadblocks, or brick walls. It isn't the outside world that holds us back. It is our own past that often causes us to put on the brakes too quickly or not go down that road again.
Don Shapiro is a co-author of the book The Character-Based Leader, founder of The Leadership Initiative and President of First Concepts Consultants. As a consultant and researcher, he has spent the last three decades exploring how leadership affects results, what type of leaders consistently get their people to perform at exceptional levels and how to develop trusted leaders.
Don's high energy, fun and insightful leadership seminars inspire people to become better leaders, embrace their role as a leader, and learn how effective leadership improves results. He has delivered hundreds of speeches, seminars and training programs during the last thirty years that have helped thousands of people achieve their potential.
Embracing our role as a leader is one type of choice we make. Don is currently writing a book Life Is A Fork In The Road about how to make better choices and follow our inner wisdom to guide our journey through life. His seminars explore all types of choices we make personally and professionally and how we can change them and change our life.
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