Don’t be bound by your past – learn from it.

Your past is a goldmine of information that you can use to become better, stronger, smarter, and more capable. Use the past to your advantage instead of being restricted by it – you have the power to create a present life that is different than your past.

Learn from the past and work in a better present to move you toward your future.

The past gives clues on how your previous actions affect your life now. You can avoid making the same mistakes over again, and enjoy the success you gain from analyzing and implementing the lessons of your past.

Your past mistakes are just sitting there for me you examine and learn from. So, too, are your past victories, but we spend less time thinking about them.

Spend time in reflection to learn from them both and apply that information to your future.

Each experience that you learn from makes you more powerful.

The present is where you live your life. Learn from the past but avoid reliving it. If you live in the past, you cease to live. Life can only be lived in the present.

Make the most of each day. The lessons learned from the past, when you intentionally apply them, will make your life better and more successful. From the past, you can learn what works, what makes you happy, and how to increase your level of fulfillment with the life you live now.

You can get a little bit better at living life each day. These small improvements, applied consistently, will continue to build day after day.

Today, take the lessons from your past and use them to create a more fulfilling present and future. Make the most of your previous failures, mistakes, and successes by paying attention to what you’ve learned from your past experiences.


Self-Reflection Journaling Prompts:

    1. What can I learn from my previous mistakes?
    2. What mistakes in my life do I keep repeating? Why?
    3. How do I hurt myself by reliving the past?


Affirmations to Help You Learn from Your Past

  • My emotions are messages my body is sending me, I will pay attention to them.
  • My feelings, emotions, and needs matter right now, at this very moment.
  • I am a valuable person, and my feelings and needs are valid.
  • I am worth knowing and loving, no matter what happened in my past.
  • I will provide for myself now what my past did not.
  • Others might only see my past, but I see myself for who I am and who I will become.
  • I validate myself; I don’t need validation from others to enjoy my life and build my future.
  • I am being responsible when I cater to my needs first.
  • Everyone makes mistakes, but I will learn and build strength from them.
  • Feelings cannot be wrong or right; feelings simply exist, and my feelings are valid.


About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

Dianne M. Daniels

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