Our lives are defined by the things we learn in our pasts. Many are helpful: “Don’t touch that hot stove” or “Tell the truth.” But some of the beliefs we internalize are quite harmful: “You’re damaged goods” or “You’re not good/smart/pretty enough to do that.”
Our brain is constantly pumping out thoughts, like our heart is pumping out blood. But these thoughts are not all of equal value. Work to see the difference.
Dr. William Osler, one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medical School, may have said it best: “Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.”