I Just Realized My Best is Yet To Come
Yesterday, I had a breakthrough while out for a run and walk. I ran to a great coffee shop just by the seaside to the south of Dublin, Ireland. I sat on a bench overlooking the Dublin Bay, turned off the podcast I was listening to, and allowed my mind to think freely.
Sometimes I can’t help but think that I’ve wasted time and opportunities. That I should have been building digital courses and other digital content and now I’ve missed out. Or I beat myself up for not having written more, blogged more, or written a book by now. Essentially, I worry about the time that has passed and what I didn’t do. A feeling of regret comes over me and I wonder if I missed out and now it’s too late.
This feeling especially hits me as I’m embarking on one of those activities I wish I would have started sooner.
And then I had a breakthrough moment
Yesterday, I realized I keep looking back in order to look forward. I look to what I’ve done to figure out what I can offer tomorrow. And when I do that, I tend to focus on what I didn’t do or didn’t build that I don’t have available to offer today. And that makes me focus on everything that’s missing and makes my future outlook less exciting.
But what I’m not considering is that the best is yet to come.
Everything I have done in the last 13 years since I embarked on my first reinvention is a part of me now. It’s part of my DNA, part of my thinking, part of my being. There is a great work I have built, completed, and delivered and it is all a part of me now. These past successes, failures, lessons, and experiences will forever be a part of what I do tomorrow.
So that means that…
My ability to learn new things today is better than it has ever been and will only get better.
My processing and analysis is better today because of everything I already know and have experienced. And it will only get better.
If I reread a book today, I’ll get significantly more out of it than I did when I first read it. Any new books I read, I’ll get more than I would have 10, 5, or even 1 year ago.
I am evolving and constantly iterating myself and my approach.
Whatever I write today could never have been written even a year ago, let alone 5 or 10 years ago.
Any products or services that I build or deliver today are better than they have ever or could have ever been. And this will only get better if I continue to create, experience, and learn.
I need to stop looking backwards to look forward when it comes to my career, impact, and business. I haven’t missed out. I’ve been building myself up.
And the best is yet to come.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.Chinese Proverb
March 31, 2021 @ 6:13 am
Wise words brother. ?
April 1, 2021 @ 3:37 am
Thank you, Erwin, I appreciate the encouragement ?
March 31, 2021 @ 8:44 am
Beautiful post, Roger. We all go through these moments of beating ourselves up. Completely relatable and a great reminder that the best is yet to come.
April 1, 2021 @ 3:38 am
Thank you, Aditya ?. This was an important breakthrough for me and one I’m sure I’ll need to remind myself of as I move forward.
Vicki L Flaherty
March 31, 2021 @ 1:47 pm
Loved this post! What a fantastic breakthrough and inviting perspective for us all! Thanks, Roger!
April 1, 2021 @ 3:39 am
Thanks, Vicki! ?.
Vicki L Flaherty
March 31, 2021 @ 1:56 pm
Roger, I quite literally read this quote right after reading your blog!
“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”
— Asha Tyson
April 1, 2021 @ 3:39 am
WOW! Love this quote! Thank you for sharing! Just saved it to a note ?
April 2, 2021 @ 3:36 pm
Turning regret into rational thinking is easier said than done. You have expressed something so relatable and turned it into a learning (and teaching) moment through your great perspective. Thank you Roger!
April 7, 2021 @ 11:26 am
I’m glad it was helpful, Sanji! This was a big breakthrough for me.
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