Tuesday, 15 March 2016

“Don’t be a Prisoner of the Past; Be an Architect of Your Future!” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask yourself if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” ― Deepak Chopra

There are some people who brood over their unpleasant past. They get into negative zone and get depressed finally. Instead, they must look at the future with optimism. Research shows that people waste 30 percent of their precious time by thinking about their unpleasant past that cannot be changed. Hence, people must explore solutions for their problems. Their future solely depends on their mindset and the way they look at the world. They must start a new course on a clean slate. They must always think of ‘what next’ rather than ‘what went wrong’. They must find out why and where things went wrong to learn lessons to become smarter and wiser. They must pioneer their future instead of becoming prisoners of their past.

When you observe all successful leaders including Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, they underwent lots of trials and tribulations. They did not look where they fell but they looked where they slipped and bounced back from their failures. 

Tools to Avoid Becoming a Prisoner of the Past

Steve Jobs once remarked, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Here are some tools and techniques to avoid becoming a prisoner of the past:
  • Let go off your unpleasant past. Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot do.
  • Embrace uncertainty. Don’t react, but act to the circumstances.
  • Learn when to hold and when to fold. There is a thin line separating the both. It requires immense judgment and intuition to decide when to hold and when to fold.
  • When things go wrong repeatedly, lie low for a while and wait an appropriate opportunity to make things fall into place.
  • Ensure that you reorganize your body and brain constantly with your new experiences.  
  • Try meditation or yoga or go for regular physical exercises to energize your mind and body.
  • Network with the right people.
  • Have an attitude of gratitude.
  • Look at the door that is opened.
  • Fight for pretty things, not petty things.
  • Look for possibilities, not impossibilities.
  • Learn to make choices and commitments. Take action keeping tomorrow in mind.

Remember, every dog its own day. God throws challenges and offers opportunities to everybody. In fact, challenges test your abilities and enlarge your capabilities. Challenges unlock the leader in you. Hence, be bold to face the challenges. At the same time, be prepared all the time to explore opportunities. 

Be an Architect of Your Future!

"The empires of the future are empires of the mind." — Winston Churchill

Life is a circus with ups and downs. Nobody can predict the future. However, you can pioneer your future with proper planning, preparation and execution. Be mentally prepared for distractions and surprises. Align yourself whenever you are thrown out of gear with patience and perseverance to accomplish your goals and ambitions.

Fate is something happens automatically whereas destiny is something you create. Precisely, destiny is in your hands.

To summarize, let bygones be bygones. Don’t think about the unpleasant past that cannot be changed, don’t worry too much about the future that cannot be predicted. Instead, think about today which is in your hands. To conclude, don’t be a prisoner of the past but be a pioneer of your future to make your life exciting. Life is great!

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." — Socrates

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015
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