Motivational Moments: Learn from the past and move forward

forwardarrowI recently heard a woman say that she is constantly reminded by people of the person she used to be. She said that when she found herself changing for the better, some people would mention things that they remember from her past. She stated that she feels bad and this makes her think of some of the decisions she made when she was much younger and not sure of herself at that time. This is common with a lot of people when they start to change for the better.

When you decide that you want to do things differently to make sure that things happen better for you and your family, there may be those individuals who will always mention the person you once were. Sometimes it’s hard for people to believe that you could do a complete 360 degree turn around and be on a positive journey looking for positive outcomes.

When this happens, there is no need to feel bad about things in your past. Remember life is lessons and you probably wouldn’t even be the person you are today if it wasn’t’ for some of the things you did in your past. Sometimes bad experiences mode and shape us into being the strong determined person we are today. Then there are some bad experiences that forced us into being the person that we are too.

I remember a gentleman from my past who talked about how he lived his life on the streets and doing all kinds of things to stay alive. His journey started off rough for the beginning of his life, but his journey also led him into being a survivor and a person who teaches and shows other young men how to survive. See, his past is one he shares all around the world and he is never ashamed of his journey and what it has done for him.

Remember we all have a past and we all have a destination that we are trying to get to. Think about it for a moment. If it wasn’t for your past, would you even know where you want to go in life now? Life is lessons.

And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at or email at

July 1, 2015
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