Another brand New Year, symbolizing another brand new chance to wipe the slate clean and begin a new way of life. And what better time is there to let go of the past and move forward? Whatever your personal history has been you can choose to leave it behind if you truly want to.
Most of our New Years Resolutions are based on prior mistakes or choices that we have made in the past. And although we may be thinking that this will be the year that we attempt to do things such as kicking that smoking habit or shedding a few pounds, what we are truly hoping is to avoid making the same errors in judgment, which got us to this point in the first place.
The important thing to remember is that everyone makes mistakes and that you are not your mistakes. They are things that did or that you failed to do, but they are not who you are as a person.
The wise person understands that their mistakes, just like their past, are there for a reason. They are there to instruct and to teach. They are there as reminders not to choose the same path, which led to our mistakes. But they are not meant to be lived in or to be rehashed endlessly, over and over again.
No matter what your past has held it does not need to dictate your future. You have the power to begin a fresh new start and change. You can write a fresh new chapter in the book of your life and there is no better time to begin than right now.
Remember that it is human and okay to error and make mistakes, so long as we correct them and prevent them from happening again. So don’t catch yourself writing down that same exact resolutions a year from now. Go ahead: move forward with confidence. After all, no one can do it for you.
This is your life and only you can live it.