You get to Choose your Past!

Your experience of your past is a choice.

I used to think that my past was what it was and that’s all there was to it. And honestly, that stank, because I didn’t think that my past was that great.

Until I started to really understand the amazing responsiblity that we human being carry: the choice of thoughts.

All of a sudden, I began to understand this profound truth: my past is what I choose it to be.

What????

Yes, my past is what I choose it to be.

Your past is what you choose it to be.

We get to decide what we make our past mean in our life today.

Okay, before you decide that I am absolutely nuts, read on…

Your past no longer exist.

All you have from your past is your memory of it, right? It only truly exists in your brain. In your mind.

You and I only ever live in the moment. Once the moment is gone, it is a past experience. Then, we decide how we want to remember it.

Ever notice how you and your siblings don’t have the exact same memory of your past? Maybe you think that your mom made cookies every Sunday, and your brother remembers her hardly ever baking. Maybe you remember that your dad was funny, and your sister thought he was boring.

You remember the same moments differently.

Your past is simply a memory and you get to choose how you think about it.

In every way, the past no longer exists. It is really over. It cannot affect you today because it’s not here today.

Your past only lives in your brain and your mind. It is literally trillions of little tree-like structures in your brain (memories = thoughts), and you can actually change them.

What???

Yep!

You can change your experience of your past.

This is actually one of the best news around today.

If you don’t like how you remember your past, you are free to choose a different way to look at it.

Now let’s be clear about something: The circumstances (“facts”) in your past will never change, but what you make them mean can change everything.

How you think about our past is what affects you.

Not the actual circumstance.

What if that house fire where I lost everything means that I got to start all over and I am a hundred percent better off today than if the fire had not happened? What if the abuse you lived through serves to remind you that God is faithful and He now calls you to offer that truth to the people around you?

The pain you and I experience today about our past is the result of our thoughts about it, not the actual events that happened. The pain about our past is what we create when we think about it.

You and I can change how we choose to think about our past.

The truth is, it only defines us now in the way we are choosing to think about it.

The way you and I see our past is truly our decision.

So, what’s your past like?

Or rather, what do you want it to mean? Go ahead and enter your comment in the comments, and let’s talk.

And make sure to share this blog post with anyone who could use it–which, if we are going to be honest, is probably everyone you know!

Wanna connect with me to get a taste of what managing your thoughts about your past looks like? Book a twenty-minute mini-session on the phone with me; it’s free. You won’t regret it!

How to do the Impossible

Anything truly is possible for your life now. 

Do you believe this?

I am about to show you how you can do the impossible.

Here is the secret:

You mustn’t try to build from your past.

The material to build your future is not in your past. It is in your future.

Listen: Long time ago, humans lived in caves. They had fires. 

Now, we have houses, roads, and cars. We have microwaves, and Bluetooth speakers, and leather couches.

But when we were in the cave, these things were impossible, right?

So, how did they come into existence?

We humans didn’t reference our past to create those things.

If we had only looked at what we had done before., we would have more caves and more fires. Not houses, roads and Bluetooth speakers.

Right?

I know this is a simplistic way of looking at it, but when you think about it, those ideas, those inventions, the way that we evolved, all of it came not from the past, but from our minds.

It came from our collective imagination.

We imagined something better and different than we had and then we went about creating it with no reference to our past to be able to do it. Everything around us came from our imagination. From the creative brains that God gave us.

So when we talk about what’s possible in our own personal future, we have to follow the same pattern. But we want to know how to do it now.  We say we can’t do something because we have never done it before. So we stop.

We keep referencing to our past and continue to create what we already have. Ten years later, we are still the same.

The truth is, if we can imagine it, we can create it.

How? By doing it.

The idea of something possible becomes possible because we evolve towards it.

We have to look into our future with the imagination of what is possible. 

Of course, it’s impossible if we haven’t done it yet. Everything is impossible until we create it.

Iphone. House. Road. Bluetooth speaker.

I know, I am making your brain hurt a little. It’s okay.

The solution?

Make friends with your imagination.

When you first imagine that impossible thing, that is the beginning of making it possible.

When you think about a possibility, you have created something that didn’t exist before. It’s a thing now.

Make friends with the creative side of you that God deposited in you.

Make friends with the impossible. 

Ask yourself how to do it.

You won’t know how.

And you will figure out how to do it by doing it.

You will make mistakes and try other things. That’s how you learn.

Eventually, you create. That’s exactly how electricity and pots and pans and dog collars were invented. 

When you are committed to the result, you simply learn what doesn’t work. You learn the next step and what you need to do next.

And if for some reason you don’t get there, you’ll be better in having had the dream.

Pay attention to your imagination. It matters.

So, what are you imagining for your future today? Share it with us. And share this blog post with anyone who needs a dream in their life.