You are not your past

I saw a tip on Jillian Michael’s Facebook page the other day:

The past doesn’t define you, your present does. It’s ok to create a vision of the future because it affects your behavior in the “now”. But, don’t dwell on past mistakes, learn from them and focus those lessons in the moment. That’s where change can really happen. Remember that transformation is a present activity.

It really struck me.

I thought about how many decisions I make based on my own view of myself, which is based on my past.  Who I used to be – overweight, unfit, unhealthy – is not who I want to be in the future.  Why do I do things based on that image of myself?

If I don’t want to be that girl anymore, I should be behaving as if I were the girl I want to become – not the girl I was.

Living life as if I were already, fit, healthy, happy, etc.  – whatever the characteristics are of who I want to become.

As someone once told me – “Fake it ‘till you make it.”

Why wouldn’t this apply here as well?

Why wouldn’t we behave as if we were already who we wish to be, thereby manifesting that in our lives, rather than sentencing ourselves to continue to live the patterns of our lives which we no longer desire?

Some days, I think the universe is trying to send me a message.  I’m wondering if this is the one I need to learn right now.

Especially because this FB post was followed in a couple days by this in my inbox:

It came from these wonderful ladies…

Have you read any of their stuff? If you haven’t, I’d encourage you to do so.

And then challenge yourself today –

What are you doing based on an old definition of yourself?

Is that who you want to be in the future or do you want to be somebody different?

And, if you’d like a little reminder. You can download this:

PostCards - Page 004 I’ve got mine posted on the wall above my monitor so I see it all day long.


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