Rich people dream of the future. They prioritize setting goals and planning ahead. Meanwhile the poor and middle class often dwell on the past, which holds them back and prevents them from being happy and productive. The wealthy are financially successful because they spend more time thinking about their future than their past. They believe their circumstances are not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. Their future is not something they wait for. It’s something they plan for. 🙂
We can’t turn back time or change the past, but we can all fight for a better future. Our past provides the foundation for our future, and our present defines what kind of future we want to build on that foundation. Every waking moment in the present is an opportunity for us to make better decisions that will help our future selves. Wallowing in regret or past mistakes will not help us in this respect. Whenever we become woeful we should try to acknowledge our emotional state, and then ultimately realize that our despairs or recollections about what happened in the past are simply ephemeral memories.
The past can be useful, but only if we learn from it. If we failed a driving test, told an inappropriate joke, or didn’t get that promotion we wanted, we should absolutely think back and learn from our experiences, but more importantly strive to do better in the future. Instead of puzzling over what we could have done differently, we should instead be asking how can we do better next time. This shifts the focus from the past – a fleeting memory – to the future, where we’ll actually have an opportunity to do something about it.
In Pursuit of Dreams
All this talk about past and future is getting kind of tense. 😀 So let’s step back to look at dreams and ambitions for a moment; they’re the catalysts necessary to focus our energy and allow us to pursue success. Everyone has different dreams and desires. But we need to know what our own dreams are in order for them to come true. 😉 We need to have a clear goal or desire in mind, and adopt the right mindset of making a plan and committing to it. We all have the strength, patience, and passion to create our futures. But we must remember to persevere, show devotion to our goals, and don’t lose hope in pursuit of our dreams.
“Hope is a Waking Dream”
We have to keep hope alive even during times when our lives appear destitute. My net worth in 2008 was a negative number. A homeless panhandler had relatively more money than I did, lol. 🙂 But rather than contemplating about how poor I was and all the financial mistakes I’ve made, I was dreaming instead of a better future for myself. I know I can’t predict the future, but at least I can plan for it. Today in 2015 I’m about half way to my freedom 35 dream, and I’ll continue to look ahead and hope for the best. In the end it will be our hopes, not our worries, that will shape the path to a more prosperous future for us all! 😀
Random Useless Fact:
Random Useless Fact:
Left handed people reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right handers.