A friend of mine passed these two quotes on to me, a month apart almost to the day. Interestingly enough they fit together nicely.
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Maria Robinson
Just because you’ve made some mistakes doesn’t mean your mistakes get to make you. Take notice of your inner critic, forgive yourself, and move on. – Robert Tew
Holding onto our mistakes is one of the most detrimental things that we can do to ourselves in both sports and in life. A short memory in sports is of the utmost importance, because it allows us to move forward. It allows us to focus on the next play (the current play, really). If we are caught up in the bad call, if we are caught up in the ball we just threw away, if we are caught up in the missed assignment, we’re not focused on making the play that we need to make right now to put ourselves or our team in a position to win.
In life, when we have trouble letting go of our mistakes, it keeps us from moving forward as well. It’s like running with a bungee cord. It’s not so bad at first, but you can only get so far before your progress begins to slow. And eventually, you are just running in place until one of two things happens. You are released or you are snapped back to your starting point.
Don’t let the past keep you from moving forward. Release the cord!
Make it a GREAT day!