"The past is a construct of the mind. It blinds us and fools us into believing it. But the heart wants to live in the present. And it is in the present that we will find the answers."
Okay... so maybe I nerded out a little bit when I was watching the remake of Total Recall the other night. Regardless, this quote stuck out in my mind as having truth in most of our daily lives. I look at my life and the great things that I've accomplished and all I can think is, "why haven't I accomplished more?" It's no secret that we are our own worst critics, but once in a while it's worth looking into yourself to determine exactly where you are in this journey we call life and how far along you are on the road to success. Notice I said the road to success, not the destination of success, as we often define it.
One of the more profound observations I've had when asking myself this question is that I tend to base my future on what I have experienced in the past. Now this is not to say that past experiences should be noted and learned from. Unfortunately the majority of us take this a bit too far and end up trapping ourselves in the nonexistent universe we have created in our minds, the universe we tend to refer to as the past.
If constantly live in the past, or in retrospect are always trying to exist in the future, what happens to our consciousness of the present? It seams to me the the most brilliant of us are also the most susceptible to being trapped by these constructs of the mind. Once we can break free of these superficial bounds, we can finally let our full potentials come to fruition. Like many of the concepts that are talked about at ABR, this is easier said than done, but like most brilliant revelations, taking a step back and becoming aware of yourself is the most important step in anyones path to greatness. I look forward to crossing paths with all of you on this wonderful journey, which will always be the most rewarding aspect of life itself.