There is a certain mindset I have come across again and again in my life. It’s the mindset that says, because my past has this negative thing in it I can expect to have more of it in the future.
It might be the woman who says, “My boyfriends treated me badly, so I am sure that is how all men treat all women and I can expect more of it.” Or it might be the man who says, “I always got overlooked at home and at work in the past so my type of personality will always be overlooked by others into the future.”
They are the people illustrated at the bottom of the napkin drawing. They are much more likely to fail at achieving their positive desires because they are defining their future by their negative past.
Is that what you do? If so, try defining your future by your imagination instead of by your history.
Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
Quote by Li Ao, 1935 – not dead yet, Chinese politician