Everyone says that you should always look forward to see where you are going and not focus on looking back to see where you have been. I agree to a certain point but I also disagree.
Yes you should not completely focus on looking back, but you should occasionally look back to keep yourself from repeating the same mistakes. As you learn from your mistakes you have to remember those lessons. In order to do that you have to sit and review where you have been every so often so that you don’t lose sight of who you are and where you want to be.
As an author that is something that I am learning is very important. There is so much to publishing a book. Some things will help and some will hurt your efforts. It is important to remember which is which as you move forward.
As the year comes to a close I have been hearing about all the changes and wishes for the new year coming. While I do have things that I am going to be working on for the new year, I also want to take the time and look back at the years that are behind me. As I see the mistakes and the things that were beneficial it gives me somewhere to start.
Living the moment is also good for many situations, but even then you have to keep in mind your prior interactions with the people you are with. If you don’t look back then the same people will continue to take advantage of you or make you feel less than you are. If you have learned and continue to keep in mind their past actions then you can protect yourself from that.
I am not saying to keep looking back and never live in the moment or look ahead. I am saying that while you are keeping your eye on where you want to be to live in the moment while you get there while also remembering the path you took to get where you are now.
Open yourself up to all the possibilities and you will not only get to where you want but enjoy the journey to get there.