Your future does not equal your past

Your future isn't the same as your past

Our entire house is “under construction”.  The furniture is in the middle of each room, covered in drop cloth. The kitchen cabinets have been taped shut for days. The Christmas tree is wedged in the hallway.

Could someone please remind me why I thought the holidays would be good time to have the entire house repaired and painted? 

The funny thing is I’m working through a course with Michael Hyatt right now called 5 Days to your Best Year Ever.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to do, but have been resisting making the commitment.  So it’s not surprising that the week I finally planned to do it, I also planned to have a house full of painters etc. . .  In my head, I thought I’d run to the paint store, pick out a color and they’d do the rest.  I had NO plan for the amount of work and effort it would entail on my end to make this happen.  Who knew gray paint turns purple, blue or even green depending on the lighting and direction and a million other variables? Or that china had to be removed from cabinets, books from bookshelves and on and on . . .

It’s perfectly fitting as this is a theme for me.

I’m not a planner.  I’m a doer.  You have a need?  I can fill it.  You have a project?  I’m your girl.  Need to make a sale?  Consider it done.  But if you need someone to lay out a plan for you of how you’re going to get from point A to point B and I’m totally out.  I’m too busy making something happen over here people.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  

In the past, I’ve actually been okay with that.

I’ve believed that following my heart would lead exactly where I needed to go.  And I still do.  It’s just that, over the last few years I’ve learned that I need to make some detailed plans while I’m following heart.  My “let’s just do this” attitude is great, once there’s a plan in place that makes sure “this” is the thing I need to be doing to get where I’m wanting to go.

In the end, my lack of planning has caused me pain, frustration and discouragement, time and time again.  So it really shouldn’t be a surprise that even in the time I dedicated to working through a review of this last year and planning for next year, I overlooked the minor detail of planning for this little painting project.

It’s easy for me to feel shame in this area of my life.  I can get down on myself quickly at the end of a cycle like this.  So what a treat it was to get into the Best Year Ever workbook to find the “year in review” section is all about suspending judgment and replacing limiting beliefs with liberating truths.  The quote for that theme is from Tony Robbins:

Your future does not equal your past.

It’s like a breath of fresh air, that no matter how I’ve done things in the past, I have the power to choose how I’ll do them from now on.  And that feels hopeful and empowering.  In fact, so much so, that I needed to share it with you.

I don’t know what 2015 looked like for you, but you can let it be the past.  This is the year, you can let go of the pain and regret of past failures.  Let them be your wise teachers that guide and empower you to make different choices this year.

Your future does not equal your past.  

Not anymore.

You’ve got this.

to more love,


P.S.  I’m not affiliated with Michael in any way.  I don’t make a dime if you buy his course.  But I’m telling you right now, it is worth every penny to buy it and invest in the process for yourself, if you’re ready to have your Best Year Ever.


  1. I have to say, your post are right on. I feel your pain, I am right there. It seems we share a life.

    Continue on, you are an excellent writer and I think you are saving people out there. I am one. Thank you.

    Merry Christmas

    1. Wow. Thank you so much Linda. That makes it worth every minute. Can’t even tell you how much it means that you’d share. I’m grateful my writing is encouraging you and that we’re on the same path! Merry Christmas to You!

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