"He had somehow lost that human touch, and he gradually dried up. What he had done in his life had perhaps haunted him."
From Quantum of Solace by Ian Fleming
Executives with whom I’ve had the privilege to coach for performance often comment that the initial work we do on “completing their past” is key to the extraordinary results they create later in the relationship.
What a friend refers to as the “normally neurotic” person …. in other words, you and me …. tend to carry with us the unnecessary burdens of past blame, shame, regret, guilt and even success. We attempt to launch ourselves into a future freely chosen; yet we’re weighted down with all that – time for a technical term here – “stuff.”
Our past hopefully includes experiences that provide great memories and lead to greater wisdom. Anything else—especially that “stuff”—should be looked at as just that, the past, and just let it go.
Please share your stories of “stuff let go” and what it meant to creating a better future by commenting below.
With love and respect,