Try to remember yourself 20 years ago, 10 years ago, or even just last year...
Are you a completely different person than you used to be?
What parts of you have changed?
What has remained the same?
Aging is a natural thing, an unstoppable destiny...
But the key is that we continue to grow, mature and evolve as we age.
Now, it's totally normal that we tend to focus the majority of our attention on the external world, the material things we're trying obtain, and our relationships with others...
But the truth is, the development of self into the person we want to be is actually the most important thing we can put our energy and attention towards.
Once we achieve a real connection to our authentic self and realize our true purpose, all the external achievements will follow anyway :)
To continue learning from your past and improving your future self - and to find more fulfillment, happiness and success on a consistent basis - try these 3 easy steps:
Step 1: Reflect on Transformational Moments
When I asked you to look at your past self, what did you see? Can you trace the steps that got you from where you were, to where you are now?
We all have pivotal, transformational moments in our past; we came to a fork in the road, and made a decision that affected everything since. Some should be obvious: the schools we attend, the city we choose to live in, the beginning and ending of important relationships, starting a family or finding a new job.
Identifying these moments in your past is a great way to look at how far you've come, and to identify where you want to be in the future.
Step 2: Connect the Dots
Once you're able to identify the big moments, begin to break it down a little further. Those big decisions are usually the peak of several smaller moments.
For example, getting married is an enormous event, but it doesn't just happen. If you were to look back at the moments leading up to that decision, consider why that person made it past the point where so many others did not. Was it a few big things, or just a whole bunch of little things?
As you fill in the gaps, you'll begin to learn a lot about how you make decisions and what your values are. You might also notice a pattern that emerges based on significant past events in your life that have played a major roll in shaping you into the person you are today.
Step 3: Teach, and Learn by Teaching
Wisdom is understanding where you have been, and how you got to where you are now. All of us have experiences and wisdom worth sharing with others.
Sharing our experiences and listening to others, is a fantastic way to add and change perspective. Have you ever helped a friend through a tough time, and then realized you were a better person for it? When we help others, they are helping us as well.
If you have any great examples about how you've learned about yourself while helping others reach their goals, please share it with our community in the box below - I'd love to hear about it :)
This 3-part system is packed with powerful tools and technologies for shifting your mindset into unbreakable gratitude to help improve your health and quality of sleep, to your career and finances, and even to your relationships.
*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on July 27th, 2020 to include the latest information for our readers.*
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.