It’s a new year, and as the old saying goes, “Out with the old and in with the new.” My question to you is: Will you make the smart and bold decision to make that your career mantra in 2012?
Your Past is Hurting YouWhy do we hold on to the past? Especially, when it comes to our careers? I am constantly amazed at how many unhappy professionals cling to the events of their past as some type of cast-in-stone career story. More importantly, these same folks assume the past now has some hold over their future. Wrong. Here are four reasons why you should throw out your past right now!
Reason #1 – So You Can Stop Letting it Control YouYour past only affects your future when you let it. If you are going to assume things can’t be changed or improved because of what’s happened in your career, well then, give up now. The reality is people change the course of their careers every single day... and it starts with not assuming the past controls the future. Just ask J.R. Martinez.
Reason #2 – If You Don’t, Others Will Beat YouWhen you cling to past glories and achievements, you give other folks who are smart enough not to rest on their laurels a chance to pass you. Just ask Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable.com. In this article, he makes a brilliant quote:
"I don't have any personal challenges about throwing away the past. If you're not changing, you're giving others a chance to catch up."