Are Past Glory Days Holding Us Back?
January 10, 2012
We all have glory days. Maybe your glory days are a period of life-changing career and financial success. Perhaps you won a big award, a championship, signed a significant book deal, overcame an unusual challenge, made it captain of the high school basketball team.
Glory days are some of the heights we experience in life. We feel brilliant, unstoppable, stunning, irresistible, successful, invincible – the good times. The question is, are we holding on too tightly to glory days, and for too long? Are we basking in memories and feelings of past successes, or are we living to the best of our potential this very minute? Are glory days preventing us from moving forward?
We all enjoy a beautiful season of fruit at one point or another. Maybe that season is happening right now. But unless we continue to tend to our garden, unless we plant, fertilize, use our tools to prune and then prune some more, our garden will wilt, wither, dry up, and turn to a barren field. If we do not actively invest in continuous growth, self discovery, love; stretching, learning, being faithful in pursuing our higher potential – our glory days will become those stars that once shined of a magnificent brilliant glow, but faded over time.
Our past strengths and achievements can provide a catalyst for the future, a foundation of confidence and hope, as long as we don’t allow apathy to set in and arrogance to cloud our vision long after the fireworks have turned to smoke. Most importantly, we have to stay in the moment, true to our authentic self. The further we get to the top, the more humble we have to become.
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