3 Promises You Should Tell Yourself Now So You Can Start Moving Forward


Moving forward is easier said than done when you face the daily agony living in, sometimes harsh, reality called life.

When we’re confronted to meet the expectations of the people around us, the constant pressure at work, and the nagging demands of our partner, family, friends and the society, it’s hard to keep the balance, to say the least. When we’re regularly bombarded with crisis, it’s a challenge to keep ourselves sane, moreover, to have the time to evaluate the path we’re taking.

If we keep accepting the same situations, succumbing to the old challenges, we are not growing as an individual. And, not growing is not moving forward in life.

We don’t need to feel victimized by our present reality. We need to acknowledge the fact that we are able, responsible individuals who exercises control in what we take in our life.

We don’t need to make drastic changes in moving forward. The key is to intentionally want to move forward. To actually want it, desire it. To transcend our present lives into the higher calling of our being.

To change doesn’t need to make the big things moving, rather to change is to start taking small steps. These small steps when taken on a continuous manner will eventually amount to greater distance. Take it from the old adage - slowly, but surely.

So do yourself a favor.

Promise yourself that you won’t allow past mistakes to hold you back.

It’s clearly impossible to be human without making mistakes. It is an inevitable part of life, and often essential too. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone fails at some point. It may not be the same as the ones we had, because no experience is ever the same; and the point is, we aren’t perfect.

We have to remember the crucial truth that mistakes and failures were actually good for us. We learn from our failures more than from our successes. Not to learn from it, to blind ourselves from its teachings, is called insanity.

Mistakes painfully tells us what went wrong. And as John Green puts it, that’s the thing about pain - it demands to be felt. When it’s painful it becomes unforgettable. It rips our very hearts. And that’s when we try not to do it again. But let’s not stop by not doing the very act again, let’s try to find a better way. Because we are not the problem, the paradigm, the way we see things and think about it, that’s the problem. We can either learn from our mistakes and become a better person or be paralyzed by it and become miserable.

Our failure does not mean we’re doomed. Instead it becomes a door that we can open to try something new or help us distance ourselves and see the problem in a different perspective.

It's suppose to build your character. Please don’t stop when the going gets tough. Learn from it, but don’t let it hold you back.


Promise yourself to think only of the best

Too much of what’s slowing us down is our preoccupation of the negative.

We seldom think good things about ourselves, about the people we’re closest to, and the people we work with and for. We are the best critic of ourselves and others. The sad truth though, it isn’t constructive criticism we indulge ourselves often.

The moment we see something wrong we are too ready, easily inclined to fret. Our treatment of ourselves is not sufficient in esteeming the qualities and abilities we and others have.

That is why you need to remove this way of thinking, this unhealthy habit. Replace it by thinking positive, uplifting thoughts. Affirm yourself, recognize the strengths that are uniquely yours. Try to see the good in others too. Encourage them, motivate them.

Be cautious with your thoughts, we are what we constantly think about.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” - Philippians 4:8


Promise to never stop improving yourself

To grow is to progress. But in order to do so you have to move from where you stand, onward and forward. That is what progressing is all about.

We have to keep sharpening the saw, we need to keep improving ourselves if we don’t want to be obsolete. Nevertheless, too often we don’t do this. We stop learning, we became complacent with our present level of experience. We became settled. We have become too comfortable without consciously confessing that we are okay with mediocrity. That’s a terrible thing.

Then we see others doing better than us, having the things we want, accomplishing the dreams we used to have; we became envious. Jealousy eat us alive. We congratulate them in the face, but inside we’re eating our hearts out. That happens when we are not satisfied with what’s happening in our life, it’s easy to compare, to criticize, to judge.

That is why you need to resolve to yourself to keep improving mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. In his poem, Christian Larson rightly said, give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

Living a better life - the life you wanted, isn’t idealistic nor impossible. It is probable and attainable, but only if you exercise the determination to make it your reality.

Why live a stale, uninspired life when you have the power to be all that you can be?

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