After being benched the night before, John Vanbiesbrouck told the media, “It’s not about what you did yesterday – it’s what you do tomorrow. If you rely too much on yesterday, tomorrow is going to jump up and bite you in the pants.”
We all have bad games, bad moments, things we wish we could have back, but that’s all in the past. Don’t let a bad yesterday take charge of today. It’s not even about what you will do tomorrow – you can turn it around today. Here’s a passage from the book Tiny Buddha by Lori Deschene:
“One of the most common misconceptions in life is that what we did yesterday has to somehow dictate what we can do or be today.
It doesn’t. We never have to be limited by who we’ve been.
At any time, we can decide to be or do something different.
We are the only one keeping score, and we truly can wipe the slate clean not only on any morning but also at any time.
The “day” when we decide to live out loud can start at any moment.
Just show up.
Instead of dwelling on what you didn’t do yesterday,
do something about it now.
Instead of analyzing the choices you could have made,
make better choices now.
Instead of giving yourself a hard time for what you should have done,
realize you did the best you could and decide to do the best you can now.”
Let yourself off the hook for anything you might have liked to change or done differently in your past, and focus on today. It’s like the popular saying, “today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Each day is a new beginning, and you don’t have to be limited by what you have done in the past. It’s never too late to make a change.
Game Plan: Make the choice right now to give yourself a fresh start. God gives us a fresh start every morning and doesn’t limit us by what we may have done in our past, and we need to practice the same grace with ourselves. You don’t have to wait, you can do it right this moment. Let go of the pain, regrets, mistakes, doubt, and don’t let your past limit you right now. Allow yourself some grace.