Whenever I‘m feeling stuck or unmotivated, I have a very good friend who will listen to my complaining for about 3.5 minutes and then simply say “Rip out the rear view mirror!”
He claims this was originally from the movie Cannonball Run, but it’s more famously found in The Gumball Rally (1976). And it’s one of my favorite quotes for life.
It’s easy to get stuck in our stories, our pain, our hardships and all of the injustices in life, but talking about it endlessly seldom changes anything. In fact, it usually makes us feel worse. It drags us down and keeps us repeating patterns of misery and frustration.
By all means, work out your family issues, past life traumas and present life wounds – and believe me I’ve spent years of my life with healers and therapists doing just this, but at some point explaining WHY you’re stuck is just going to create more of the same.
I’ve had hundreds of conversations about success, and very few have ever revolved around yesterday. Today, see if you can let go of your old stories and only talk about your actions moving forward and plans for the future. See if it lightens your heart just a bit! And when you find yourself looking back, remember, just rip out the rear view mirror! What’s behind you is less important than what’s ahead of you.
P.s. I’d love to hear about your plans for the future! Post your Plans + Positive Actions in the comments section of the blog. Putting it out into the world makes it more real, and you never know who else you’re going to inspire – it may be just what someone else needs to hear today.
From My Heart to Yours,
Just for fun…. more from The Gumball Rally
“The First rule of Italian driving : Whats’a behind you is not important.
Second rule is : Don’t hit what’s in front of you.
Third is : There are no other rules.”