Have you ever felt like your past was keeping you from being the person you’re meant to be?
If so, you’re not alone.
Many of us have bought into the ideas that our past is:
Filled with hurt and pain,
Meant to be forgotten, or
Hindering us from our future.
I am thrilled to announce that these ideas are a load of crap!
If you feel like your past is a weight, an anchor or a crutch…
…that all changes TODAY!
I truly believe that every experience in our past can be used as an asset.
Don’t think that my head is in the clouds. I’m saying that it’s possible, not that it’s easy.
In fact, it can be quite difficult…if you refuse to get out of your own way.
That’s right. I said it! You have to get out of your own way.
Our past will be a liability, an anchor, a roadblock or whatever you want to call it for as long as we allow it to control us.
The key to overcoming your past hurts and truly turning your past into an asset starts with you taking control.
I’m sure being in control sounds like a great thing to you, but don’t get too excited.
With control comes plenty of responsibilities and challenges.
Therefore, before you can even take the first step to becoming a “better you”, you have to make a decision to try.
Yes, I said try.
I know you may think that’s a bit elementary, but you’d be surprised how many people spend waste time harping about their past or talking about overcoming it, but never even give it a try.
That’s all I’m asking you to do.
Are you willing to TRY?
If so, here’s how you can get started TODAY:
1) Make a decision to try to overcome your past hurts and experiences. (This is the first step you must take.)
2) Accept that you have control over your past and make a decision to exercise that control responsibly.
3) Acknowledge that you will have to face challenges and make a decision to face them head on, because they cannot and will not break you.
Did you notice the common denominator to begin overcoming your past?
You must make the decisions.
That’s right. I can’t do it for you, your family can’t do it for you, your friends can’t do it for you and even God can’t do it for you.
You must be the one to make the decisions.
Once you’ve done that, then others can properly assist you along your journey.
If you’re really ready to begin the journey towards transforming yourself into a “better you”, I highly suggest you listen to this podcast on ‘How Your Past Can Transform You Into a Better Person’:
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Episode Title: How Your Past Can Transform You Into a Better Person
Guest: Mustapha ‘Moose’ Thorpe
Quotable: “Step backs are setups for a come up.” – Mustapha ‘Moose’ Thorpe
Key Takeaways & Lessons:
- The danger of anchoring yourself to your past
- Having a ‘Lesson Learned’ versus a ‘Regret’ perspective of the past
- Recognizing that the gift may be the same, but the purpose is always different
- Why motivation begins with taking out the trash
- The hurdles that you must jump over
- How people think they are moving forward in a relationship, but really moving backwards
Experience is the Best Teacher:
- How moving from California to Michigan changed Moose’s life for the better
- How Jay dealt with the loss of support from family and friends
- Why meeting his wife changed Moose’s life and led him back to church
- How Moose’s father helped him become the man he is today
God’s Role in Your Transformation:
- The benefits of allowing God to lead you through life
- Turning negative experiences and past hurts into testimonies
Healing Starts with Helping:
- How helping others can make it easier for you to move past your hurt
- The importance of seeking the “RIGHT” people for help
Hold Yourself Accountable:
Acknowledge that only you control your past, then take control.
Apply the Principles:
“Do not dwell on the past.” Isaiah 43:18b
Take Action Now:
- Seek and talk to God
- Analyze your past for lessons
- Think and speak positive daily
- Identify the “RIGHT” people to talk to
- Help others heal
Call to Action:
- What is a past experience or hurt that you’ve overcome and been able to use as an asset?
- What is a past experience or hurt that you would like to one day overcome and use as an asset?
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