The value of forward looking
By Jean Ricot Dormeus
Most activities in life require that we pay attention to what lies ahead of us. Driving a car, riding a bike or even playing a tennis game builds effectiveness on this principle. Yet, how many times have we caught ourselves dwelling on our past? Or getting bogged down with the anxiety or resolving future problems in the present? Rare are those of us immune to these habits.
There is no question that we need to keep in mind our goals and dreams to reach them. This means avoiding distraction and the backward looking stressor. It also means desisting the restlessness germane to the desire of crossing a bridge before we get to the riverbank. Finally, it means focusing our attention on managing the present and improving ourselves for the exigencies of our aimed destination.
Statistics and current conditions, though important, reflect trends and past experiences. They can hardly withstand the efforts of a mind determined to change them. In other words, we must focus on the solution and not on the problem.
The road to the promised land of our dreams abound with enemies, snakes, shortages, complaints, pains and frustrations. However, looking forward to getting to our promised land someday and our continuing efforts in the right direction will invigorate our courage and resolve until we make it. Success comes with a price. Are you ready to pay it? If you believe this price is too high, would you want to try failure?
Jean Ricot Dormeus
Taken from my book Land of Dormant Dreams:
“Our success flows from renewed optimism, greater love and higher unity. Our dreams, our passion for learning and our courage are effective instruments. They all fuel the motivation and the mindset needed to create a bright future. The process of internalizing these values occurs through the adoption of constructive habits and the deliberate transformation of our culture.”
Land of Dormant Dreams, page xii