Past, Present or Future: Where are You Living? by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

Many things about our attitude help determine our success. However, our state of mind and view of the world may be one of the biggest determiners. All of us spend some of our time reminiscing about the past, and looking toward the future, all while living in the present. However, the wrong mix of these three times of your life can impede your success. Are you spending the right amount of focused on each time of your life?pastpresentfuture2

Your Past – Remembering your past offers many benefits. The lessons learned in your past can help guide you to better decisions today. Relationships formed in your past can be valuable today, and are part of what has shaped your personality. On the other hand, spending too much time in your past can be harmful. Thinking too much about who you used to be may prevent you from being everything you can be today. And, holding onto old ways of doing things can prevent you from learning new technology or improved techniques.

Your Present – Your present is where your mind should be most of the time. This is where you experience your life, so be sure not to miss it. As you’re living your life, however, remember the lessons of your past and maintain the relationships you’ve had for years. In addition, remember to plan for your future. Many people think only about today, and fail to prepare for their life ahead. This can be especially true when it comes to money. Failing to plan for your financial future can make enjoying the present much more difficult later.

Your Future– It is important to plan for your future. However, it is also important not to spend too much time waiting for your future to bring you happiness or prosperity. Many people have the mentality that they’ll be happy when they make their first million, or when they have the new car, or when they get married. Too much time spent focusing on something that hasn’t happened yet causes you to miss the happiness and opportunity that exists today.

Your past, your present and your future are all important parts of who you are and who you will become. Allow each of these times of your life to help you to be the best you can be today, and to prepare for being even better in the future.