Look forward not back in all things

Last Update: October 07, 2020

Have you ever tried to walk forwards whilst looking backwards over your shoulder?

It's quite hard isn't it? For one, you can't generally see where you are going, so you tend not to go in a particularly straight line.

Secondly, it's hard to see the obstacles in front of you whilst looking backwards at the path you've walked on, so it's easier to fall over, potentially even hurting yourself.

And thirdly, you're whole focus backwards means that as you move in the opposite direction to the way you are facing. Objects in your vision appear large at first and then get smaller and smaller quickly as you move away from them. So your ability to properly see and assess things is obscured and limited due to the fact that you are moving away from the things in your line of vision rather than towards them. You might recognise this effect if you sit facing backwards on a train, watching the world rush past you, you struggle to focus on the things you can see. Compared to someone facing forward, your ability to observe, analyse and understand the world is limited as the images are fleeting and fading rather than growing larger in your sight.

Life is a bit like this analogy. If you are constantly looking backwards at where you've been and where you've come from, how can you hope to get a firm focus on where you want to go and find the quickest and most direct route there?

In order to do that, you need to look forward in your direction of travel. That way, you can:

  • a) see any obstacles in your path clearly and with enough time and distance to out manoeuvre them
  • b) your destination can be seen from a long way off and as you walk forwards towards it, it begins to get larger and larger, filling your vision and focusing your attention on it even more
  • c) you can forget the difficult terrain you've crossed and take comfort in each and every step bringing you closer to your goals.

This is not rocket science, it's common sense.

So give up looking back, give up blaming where you've come from and using it as an excuse for where you are now.

Remember if you must - there is some merit in looking back very occasionally to congratulate yourself on how far you've come; but better to let the past stay in the past rather than allow it to constantly limit your present and your future. Turn your eyes to your desired direction of travel, look forward and focus your attention there - because that is where your goals and your success lie.

Wishing you all a focused and forward-thinking day

All the best,

Gail

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LatinNomad Premium
Really thought provoking Gail & really helpful & relevant to me. Im saving this post. Thank you.

Wishing you a successful & profitable day.

Trevor
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GailLowe Premium
Glad you liked it and it made sense to you.
Sometimes in life, that's what you need.
Wishing you well. Gail
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LatinNomad Premium
Thanks Gail. It was on my.mind a lot yesterday what you said & its good to have the reinforcement today.

Wishing you a profitable & successful day.

Trevor
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JeffreyBrown Premium
I completely agree, Gail! EVER FORWARD!

Jeff
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GailLowe Premium
Yep - that's where all the action is!
All the best
Gail
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Same to you, Gail! Enjoy your day!

Jeff
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Debbi26 Premium
I've heard it said that there is a reason that the windshield on a car is so big and the rear view mirror is so small. It made sense to me and put everything in perspective.

~Debbi
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GailLowe Premium
I like that analogy too. Thank you.
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Isaiah14 Premium
Thanks for the post, Gail 👍

Isaiah 😊
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GailLowe Premium
You are most welcome.
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
Very simple but very true. Thanks for sharing. Forwards!
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks Geoffrey,
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