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Motivational Quote - Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.

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Memory can be used for good or for evil. If you use your past as a source of learning, it’s worth remembering. If, however, all you do is mull over your mistakes and punish yourself for your failures, it’s a waste of time. Rehashing failure can paralyze you in mortal fear of making another mistake. Which, of course, just makes this worse and practically guarantees future letdowns. The key to goal achievement is to pay more attention to the future than to the past. Have you ever noticed that the best athletes also have the shortest and most selective memories? Instead of dwelling on a missed shot or a flawed dive, they concentrate on making corrections and getting the next one right. It’s as if the failed attempt never happened. It’s forgotten and they don’t fear trying again. If you mess up, even in an epic, life-altering way, work hard to leave it behind and concentrate on the possibilities yet to come. Tomorrow is much brighter when it’s not smeared with a fixation on yesterday.

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AUNTB63

3/23/2012 9:03:17 AM

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Love this quote. Too many of us hold on to our pasts and use this as an excuse when we feel we can't or don't want to do something, especially when it may take time and effort.
We can achieve anything if we let go of our "baggage" and move forward.

DIBRN5

3/23/2012 7:47:28 AM

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Nice to read and think about as I start the day.

REGSHAR

3/17/2012 10:01:14 AM

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Learning to be positive from earlier behavior is definitely good advice.

7356WILMA

3/16/2012 3:33:29 PM

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Good advice, dwelling in the past can really pull you down!

BAMAJAM

3/16/2012 12:55:05 PM

This is wonderful advice-- Go as far back as childhood, and release yourself from the negative chains that have hampered your life. If you suffered emotional pain as a child, you can overcome that heartache, and "grow up" to become a confident individual with a bright future.... because now YOU are in control. This is called empowerment...and you can turn the negatives into positives.

MAYBER

3/16/2012 11:42:17 AM

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The key to goal achievement is to pay more attention to the future than to the past.
Tomorrow is much brighter when it’s not smeared with a fixation on yesterday.
One day at a time

KAHUKUSQUEST

3/16/2012 11:05:32 AM

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Changing my lifestyle with food and exercise has made me even more aware of all the nonsense "chatter" my brain does during the day. Life is so much funner in the present moment!

DGFOWLER

3/16/2012 9:18:25 AM

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There is nothing like learning from your mistakes and tucking away just enough not to repeat it. It doesn't mean you have to live in the past, but use what you can from the past for stepping stones for tomorrow. Donna

TRING84

3/16/2012 3:18:46 AM

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This is definitely good advice and comes at a good time for me.

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