Leadership Minute: Make Peace With Your Past

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Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or…learn from it. – Rafiki, Lion King

One of the greatest hindrances to your leadership today and that of your future can be things from your past. While you can’t go back change it you can adapt new ways of dealing with it. Perhaps you did some things that you are not proud of or someone hurt you and you are holding on to resentments. It could be a failed relationship or business that has turned your attitude the wrong way and it is affecting your leadership today. While you can’t go back and have a do-over, you can embrace new behaviors and attitudes today that can help you. The past is the past. You can learn from it but it is a choice you have to make. When you let go of the past; forgive, forget, and move on- you can experience the freedom that comes from a fresh new outlook on life. Make peace with your past.

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About dougdickerson

I am an internationally recognized leadership speaker, columnist, and author. My books include: "Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders", "Great Leaders Wanted", "Leadership by the Numbers", and "It Only Takes a Minute: Daily Inspiration for Leaders on the Move". I live outside beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
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One Response to Leadership Minute: Make Peace With Your Past

  1. Reblogged this on chrisalbrycht and commented:
    We all wish we could have a do-over every now and then. Changing your mindset from regret and wanting to forget to accept and learn is a hard thing to do but as dougdickerson stated it is freeing. I would offer another thought on the past. We are so quick to rush to the future we forget to celebrate the past too. Celebrating the past helps us move on as well especially if the experience, choice, decision, or behavior is something that the future has shown we need to change. What part of the past would you celebrate?

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