move forward topics. Each quote is explained, in greater detail here.
“It isn’t where you came from, it’s where
you’re going that counts.” Ella Fitzgerald
“It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” Jackie Joyner Kersee
These two quotes I will group together because they are both referencing the importance of knowing your past but not dwelling in it. I read a poem once that emphasizes this same point. It was about a father and daughter who were swimming – dad trying to teach the daughter how to float. When the daughter was facing down she felt like she was going to die; but, when she was facing up she could relax and look into the clouds. She could just lay there and let her dad hold her up, supporting her as she could gaze at the sky. Ya see, I am like that to you. I am there to remind you that your past is only important to you because it has led you to where you are right now. But always looking towards your past is not beneficial. You stifle your dreams – die to your better self. Knowing that you are a part of the recent soccer record that is 0 – 20 in the conference, has scored 42 goals compared to other teams’ 142, and has only
won 5 of 38 games – most of them against the same team – is important to know. But spending all of your time dwelling on that can only last so long.
Eventually, the program will die. The Fitzgerald and Kersee quotes really
emphasize the focus on the future. Like the little girl, you can relax and dream
because you know I will be there to support you. What you have to decide is what you see in the clouds.
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” Bill Cosby
I love Bill Cosby – funny, clean, and real. No one really wants to fail. Sometimes it is a self-fulfilling prophesy though. How many times do we think about doing something wrong only to actually do it wrong? Let’s all shift our focus. Forget the failure. We all fail. But let’s focus on what we CAN accomplish. There is a very successful business person that I know who said, “Successful people don’t necessarily like doing the mundane things either. But their desire to reach their goal is much stronger than the obstacles. They simply do the things that failures don’t want to do.”