A couple of weeks ago, I was involved in a car accident, and as with any other setback, it felt like a failure. After the fact, I remembered one of the Seeds of Success from Bill and Billy Moyer’s first book, which is that in order to become a better version of yourself, you have to let go of and overcome the past.
As a leader you may not always be on top, and there will be aspects of your personal leadership that can be seen as negative. The key to succeeding is to not dwell on the past and look toward the future. The reality is that if leaders are dwelling on the past, there is no motivation to become a better version of yourself. “If you do what you have always done, you will be who you have always been.”
As we near the halfway point in 2015, I encourage you to reflect on the first half of your year. What did you do well? What could you have done better? Are there any decisions you’ve made this year that you regret as you look back?
This sounds easy, but in reality it can be difficult to ‘forgive’ our past and those who impacted us negatively because “the things that are easy to do are also easy not to do.” If moving on from our past were easy, everyone would be doing it. But becoming your new self requires diligent effort and an urge to make a brighter future.
If you want to improve your results you must first overcome your past. For some, that is easier than others. As we move closer to the halfway mark, I want to leave you with this quote from SOS co-founder Billy Moyer, “refuse to let external circumstances become barriers to getting things done.”
Commit yourself to becoming a better version of you the rest of 2015, and define your year in three words, “It Is Done.”