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12 FEBRUARY 2010
A reminder to myself

by Paul Bridle: Leadership Methodologist, International Researcher, Author, Inspirational Professional Speaker, Consultant and Facilitator.

I have two Granddaughters, and recently I decided to write a little book entitled, "Thoughts for my Grandchildren". It is just some thoughts I wanted to share with them that may help them growing up.

One of them was, 

The past is over… make peace with it and move on. You can’t always change the past… but you can always create the future

I want you to consider this as well. Sometimes we get blocked by the past. Something that happened that leaves us in a frame of mind that limits us and holds us back. Sometimes it is a belief about the past, a feeling about something in the past or an emotion that the past stirs up in us.

Many times we can’t even remember what happened in detail. Maybe it is an employee or relative that did something, and you can’t remember precisely what it was but you are still holding a grudge about it. Worse than that, your memory has expanded the issue and made it bigger than it really was.

If there is someone that you feel that way about, ask yourself… “Is it still worth it? Is it still valid? Does it matter anymore?”

So my challenge for you THIS YEAR is to ask yourself: where is the opportunities to bury the past and create the future? And I want you to do it at two levels… in your personal life and in your business life. Both are often connected and so both should be considered.

Think about someone in particular that you don’t get on with or have had difficulties with and consider if it is still worth it. Instead of trying to relive the past, fix the past or get over the past - ask yourself how you can define the future? What matters is what we have learnt and what we are going to do in the future.

So this year I am asking you to consider doing this in all areas of your life. I want you to challenge yourself to focus on creating the future and getting rid of some of the blockages in the past, especially if 2009 was a difficult year for you.

I hope 2010 has started well and I wish you all the best.

Bridle Research and Development Limited
Paul Bridle is an Information Contextualizer and Leadership Methodologist. For over two decades he has researched effective organisations and the people that lead them. Visit our InfoCentre or website.

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