Senior lake day. If you never attend another youth event, this is the one you go to. During that weekend, I decided to try something new: wake boarding. I never did quite get the hang of things, but I really enjoyed trying to remain on top of the wake instead of face plating into it.
One of my youth leaders coached me the entire weekend on how to stand up and stay up. As he taught me how to control the board once I was able to stand, he told me something I’ll never forget: wherever you look, that’s where you’ll go.
How true is that? In life–with people, in business, or school–we’ll never be able to move forward if our eyes aren’t looking ahead. If we keep focusing on the past–what worked in the past, what they did to us in the past, the horrible mistakes we made in the past–we will never make it to our goal across the ocean.
That’s not to say we can’t remember what happened in the past, it’s part of who we are and will help us to refrain from repeating history, but we can’t live there. We can’t let our eyes focus there.
The future is in front of you. Look there. Run toward it. Get off the shore and set sail for a new day.