Are you living in the past or walking in purpose?

Are you living in the past or walking in purpose? I don't know if you are like me but I have a tendency to look to the past more than I should. I look at past mistakes and think, why did I do that? What was I thinking? Then I start to beat myself up and self doubt starts to creep in. That voice in your head starts to tell you all the reasons why you can't be successful or why you can't be more than you have been because of all the times in the past you have failed.

There are also the times that I look at past successes I've had and long for those times again. I think if I could just be like that again.  If I could recreate that feeling I had back when I did that or accomplished that great thing. When it doesn't happen now the way it happened then, the voice in your head starts to beat you up all over again just as badly as when you dwell on the failures of the past.

Both of these scenarios are equally destructive to you finding and walking in your purpose for today.

I love this quote by Steve Maraboli,“Sometimes it's the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life.”

It may have been one of the greatest moments of your life or one of the most painful ones that took your breathe away but if you handle those moments right they can lead you closer to finding your purpose. There are a few things you can do in these breathe taking moments of life to ensure you don't get stuck in the past and learn to walk in purpose.

Enjoy the moment. I've had some great times in my life. I've been on stage and been able to speak encouragement to hundreds of people.  I've had the joy of holding my newborn sons and seeing the miracle of life that only God can give. I've built businesses and had the thrill of seeing them grow.  All of these things are great and I wouldn't trade them for anything. The key is to enjoy them, be in the moment. Be thankful for them and allow them to propel you into the next thing God has for you.  Let them propel you to greater heights. Don't get comfortable and rest on your successes.

This too shall pass. Along with the joys that I've had in life, I've also had some very dark times as well. I will never forget the day my dad died suddenly from a heart attack.  I wasn't prepared for that. I watched my wife battle cancer for three years and ultimately lose the battle. These were dark times. When I was in the moment, I didn't think the pain would ever go away but as time passed and with God's help I was able to move on from those hurts.  You never forget those times but you can't allow yourself to become bitter and say why me? You can't get stuck in the pain. If you can learn to take that pain and direct it toward your purpose, there are people who need you and need to know that because you overcame they can too.

Attitude of gratitude. Learn to develop an attitude of gratitude. This is something I've had to work on.  It's so easy to take the little things for granted. We get so caught up in the day to day activities of life that we many times miss the little things that make life great.  Like listening to your child play and laugh. Laying your hand on your wife's stomach and feeling your son kick. Seeing a beautiful sunset or sunrise. These are all little things but they are what make life special. As we become grateful for the little things, God can trust us with the bigger things in life. Learn to never take God's blessings for granted.

You were born for a purpose.  I know that as sure as I'm setting here looking at this screen. Don't let yourself dwell in the past. Your best days can be ahead of you if you stop living in the past and start believing God has a great plan ahead for you.  Trust Him to help you walk in the purpose He has for you. The Best Is Yet To Come!