I was having a conversation with Bradd about change and how important it is for us to look forward to the future instead of looking at the past. He said something that really stuck with me and I wanted to share it with you.
When you ride a motorcycle and you are making a turn, one of the crucial things that you have to remember is, if you are not looking at where you are going while you are turning, the bike will go down. The key is keeping your eyes focused on what's ahead, always keeping in mind where you’re looking is where your bike will end up. You have to look through the turn to where you want to go and keep your eyes level with the horizon.
Life is the same way. We make a lot of decisions about where we want to go and the things we want to leave behind as we make our way to a new destination, the only problem is we look at the past mistakes and failures and continue to focus our eyes on the wrong things. When we crash, we wonder why and complain about it. Bottom line is, we did it to ourselves. It is vital to your success to always be focused on where you’re going, not where you have been.
Sometimes the only thing the past is good for is to help you not make the same mistakes in your future plans.
A book I read recently talked about our words and how the things we say and think about are the very things we end up having in our lives. So if you are focused and always talking about your failures and mistakes, then that is what your life will consist of. But if you are thinking on good things, then believe me you will experience good things.
Take a moment and really pay attention to what comes out of your mouth. The bible says "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." What is your mouth saying? What is in your heart? Are you speaking the words of Christ, words of abundance, words of life? The bible also says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." This means that your words have the power to bring life to your situation or they can make it die, it's totally up to you.
You have to make a decision that you are going to make a turn and then devote your attention to the direction you are going. Never looking down or back, but keeping your eyes focused on the road ahead.
Even the Apostle Paul knew how important this was, "Forgetting those things which are behind me, reaching for what's ahead. I press on towards the goal of the prize for which God has called me to in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13. In order to reach your goals, you have to forget the things that are behind you! Paul made this statement because he was stating his intentions to move ahead. He used his words to define where he was going and then he moved in that direction. I believe he never looked back.
You have to look to where you want to go -not just with your eyes, but with your head, too, and your body will follow.
What are you waiting for?