Is your past stealing your future?

Chances are you’ve seen this picture or heard these stories before.

And much like its caption here, the moral of the story was “it’s okay to fail. don’t ever give up,” or something along those lines.

But the other day, as I was failing over and over in the middle of my daily sweat session with Shaun T {Insanity Max 30…try it, I dare ya lol} my thoughts went down a different path.

And as I was trying to find the words to start this blog post, I thought of these legends and how they would have applied the topic at hand. How they would approach each new situation that came into their lives and each situation they had previously failed that was yet again staring them in the face…

…Oprah heading in for another interview.

…Jordan seeing the clock winding down and feeling his teammates’ hope resting on his shoulders.

…Howard Schultz walking into the 137th and 199th and 241st bank with that crazy coffee dream.

They weren’t dwelling on the failures.

They were seizing the opportunity in front of them.

And that’s what I want to talk about.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur and everyone tells you you’re stupid or crazy or just laughs it off,

or you have 200 pounds to lose and pizza and soda and donuts have had their grips on you for 32 years,

or every single thing about your past has created a reality that you want no part of…

you ALWAYS have the option to choose something different NOW.

Because you want to know the secret? Your present situation is created by hundreds and thousands of little decisions you’ve made up till now. #lightbulb

You don’t have to let your past dictate your future.

This moment that you’re sitting in, right now as you read this, holds unlimited opportunity and potential. Right now, this second you can choose health. You can put down the soda. You can pull out of the drive thru. You can choose brave. You can choose a fresh start. And five minutes from now you can do the same. And tomorrow you can do the same.

It’s the small stuff. The small simple choices, like water over an Icee and veggies over fries, made consistently over time, will create your reality. What reality do you want to wake up in?

Your past doesn’t define your future.

Unless you let it.

You can choose to keep doing the same ole thing that’s landed you here, this place you want to run away from. Or. You can choose a different path.

Continue down the same.

Or make new choices.

The time will pass, whatever you choose. Life will proceed all around you. Obstacles and possibilities for excuses WILL keep showing up, I guarantee it.

But. {Big, fat BUT right here…}

YOU hold the power.

YOU have the choice.

Every single time you make a decision, ask yourself, “Is this who I want to be? Will I be proud of this 6 month, 1 year, 10 years from now?”

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

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