Unfortunately, many people are held back by their past. The decisions and mistakes that a person makes can haunt them for years. The worst part about it would be the fact that these decisions and mistakes can actually cause a person to lose the motivation needed to create a better future.

What has been done has been done. We cannot go back and change the past, no matter how bad we may want to. While we may not be able to change the past, we certainly can shape our future. However, in order to do so, we must let go of the past and begin focusing on the present and the future.

For some, this is much easier said than done, especially for those coming from very rough pasts. However, no matter how hard it may be, it is absolutely necessary if you want to regain your motivation and move forward with your life.

Check out these 5 ways to let go of the past…

1. Meditate

Meditation is known to help people overcome many challenges in their lives. One challenge that many people use meditation to overcome is the inability to let go of the past. The inner-peace and calmness that meditation provides can help you collect your thoughts, deal with them in a healthy manner and then move on.

2. Understand Your Past

Everything that happens, happens for a reason. At times, this can be a difficult truth to swallow, especially when it comes to a past full of hard times. However, no matter how good or bad your past may have been, everything happened for a reason. You wouldn’t be the person you are today without going through the things you have been through. Try to understand your past and figure out why it was the way it was. The more you understand your past, the easier it will be to move forward from it.

3. Let It All Go

Once you understand your past, it’s time to start letting it go. For a lot of people, this step will take a decent amount of time and effort. However, I assure you, the time and effort spent will be more than worth it when you reap the rewards.

4. Determine What Direction You Want To Go

It’s kind of hard to move forward if you don’t know what direction you want to go. Simply stating that you want to move forward is not enough. Rather, you need a detailed plan that includes you values and beliefs, your goals in life and the plans that you will use to achieve these goals. Align all of these things together and you will create a life map for yourself that will keep you from getting lost along your journey.

5. Believe In Yourself And Your Capabilities

Some people allow their past mistakes and downfalls to damage their belief in themselves. Needless to say, it’s hard to move forward in life if you don’t believe in yourself and your capabilities. Find ways to increase your self-worth and self-esteem. Try setting small goals for yourself that are easy to achieve and can be done quickly. This will provide your belief in yourself with a little boost. The more you believe in yourself, the easier it is to move forward from the past.

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