Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Letting Go of the Past

We all have a past—one full of happiness, intrigue, laughter, hurt, confusion, pain, challenges.

A lot of us find ourselves holding on to it, clinging on to mere vestiges of what has passed. Whether it is the sting of pain that you do not want to let go of, or something that made you feel good—once something is in the past, it needs to stay there.

Letting go can be difficult, but in order to nurture a better future, one must liberate themselves and learn to live in the present.

Embrace Acceptance

Learning to accept your past and whatever the circumstances you have been subjected to is the first step towards letting go.

Whatever has occurred is a part of who you are and your life experience—however, it does not entirely define who you are as a person. Understand that sometimes things just happen—and most times we have no control over them.

 Focus on Forgiveness

Forgiveness will set you free. Forgiving isn’t about other people—it’s about you. It’s about you forgiving the people or the circumstances that hurt you in the first place, allowing you to attain the inner peace you need to move on towards a better future.

Let Go of Anger

Harboring animosity and holding on to negative feelings is only going to damage your emotional well-being.

It’s okay to feel like life is unfair or feel upset with anyone who has hurt you. But there comes a point where you have to let go of that anger in order to be able to let go of what has occurred.

Whether it’s through counseling, releasing yourself from negative emotions is an important part of the process.


Focus on Future Objectives

Reliving the past over and over again isn’t going to help you move forward. Planning for your future and setting goals for yourself is a good way to help you detach yourself from ruminating on events gone by.

Accept the past as part of yourself, but learn to live in the present and look towards the future. Make the conscious choice to focus on the positivity that awaits rather than the negativity that has transpired.

Scott Burrows is a motivational keynote speaker who focuses on perseverance and change. His story of overcoming great adversity is a source of inspiration to many, and a testament to his will to move on from his tragic circumstances—it’s about turning that pain into gain!

You can hire him for your next event. He is not only a motivational speaker but also a corporate keynote speaker—making him perfect for corporate events. Contact his team to check his availability.

Lisa Scholfield

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