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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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3/6/2015 2:36:09 AM

Thanks for sharing this great quote!


4/4/2014 1:02:03 AM

MAYBER's SparkPage
great quote have spent a lot of time on my past and have to remind self often
It is done;;;;;;;;;It is finished;;;;;;;;;;;;;It cannot be changed
One day at a time


3/18/2014 8:37:12 AM

The past prepares you for the future. Learn from your past, do not dwell on it.


3/18/2014 2:32:08 AM

KMRJPR's SparkPage
The past does not define me or predict my future. I liked this quote.


5/19/2013 12:45:18 PM

DIVYA426's SparkPage
very motivational!


5/19/2013 8:18:05 AM

I am a firm believer in the motto, Live each day to the fullest, it may be your last.


1/28/2013 7:48:30 PM

Live each day as if it were the last day of your life and you won't waste any of it on regrets and will only relish the wonders.


1/26/2013 5:00:41 AM

Very sound advice. It helps having positive motivating thoughts to take with you on a positive healthy journey


1/11/2013 10:26:45 AM

I don't remember who said that your past does not predict your future. This what I am hearing in this wonderful quote. Al-anon tells us to take what we need and leave the rest. Also good advise.


1/11/2013 9:17:54 AM

GRANELS22's SparkPage
I am always inspired by these quotes this one especially. Holding on to the past can really take years away from ones life. Let it go. myself included. Thanks for sharing.


5/8/2012 1:38:14 PM

SASSYTHING52's SparkPage
very good advice


5/8/2012 5:56:28 AM

MICHYD29's SparkPage
Oh, wow love that, make me look into my live a bit more.


3/26/2012 3:49:40 PM

This is a wonderful and powerful thought even though it's very tough to completely let go of the past. Sometimes those things that we should let go are the very things that keep us strong when we touch on them in our minds; it's simply how we continue to use them for positive actions and good towards other...teaching from our mistakes or to see how far we've come from all those negative things that we have or wish to turn around.


3/23/2012 12:49:46 PM

7356WILMA's SparkPage
Some times this is a struggle but such a good idea!


3/23/2012 10:39:15 AM

DIETER27's SparkPage
great advice. Thanks loads for sharing....

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