How to move forward in life by not looking back. Simple don’t look back. But for the majority of most people that is not so simple.
The problem is that most of us judge ourselves on our past mistakes. That is what will keep you fearful of trying new things, because you believe it will turn out just like it did in the past.
And the fear of failure is crippling. For those of us who are affiliate marketers, that would not be good.
For instance, when someone has a bad experience as an online marketer right away, they think it doesn’t work. So, they let one bad experience keep them from moving forward.
As a result, they miss out on $1000’s of dollars they could have made if they gave it another shot and stuck with it.
But I blame the so-called guru’s out there with their get rich quick schemes. They suck in the unsuspecting newbie with the lure of quick riches ( I know been there done that) making claims that they know are unfounded.
Rather than moving forward in their journey of building a real business online they cannot move beyond their past failure(s). They deem every person offering anyway of building income online is a fraud.
The Mindset Of An Affiliate Marketer
That is why building your mindset as you build your online business as an affiliate marketer is paramount, because you will have setbacks. Marketing strategies may not always work out the way you want them too. People will fall out of your business, etc.
While this may be true it is up to you to cultivate the proper mindset so that when these things happen you will not be derailed. What is the mindset of an affiliate marketer? Or what kind of mindset should an affiliate marketer have? I believe they should possess these traits:
Integrity: They must be an honest individual.
Discipline: The ability to take on a task and see it to its completion.
Social Skills: The ability to get along well with others.
Determination: The ability to move forward in your purpose regardless of the odds.
Belief: They have the confidence that they can be a success.
Perseverance: The ability to continue to work toward a goal despite all the difficulties.
Clarity: They have to be 100% clear on what they want.
Consistency: They regularly work on their business.
Money Mindset: They understand that money is a tool. It isn’t everything.
Enthusiasm: They take great enjoyment in what they do.
Imagination: They are able to see themselves in a place or at a level far beyond where they are now.
These are just a few, and there are others that could be added (in the comments section below add to the list the traits you believe an affiliate marketer should possess) to the list. Mindset is everything.
Look Straight Ahead Not Back
What would happen if you keep looking back while you’re walking? You’re more than likely to stumble and fall or walk into something.
The same is true in life. You will never get ahead always looking back. What’s past is past. What’s done is done. Your past mistakes have no bearing on what’s before you.
Moreover, have you ever noticed that your car has a small rear view mirror for looking back? But your windshield is large to look out of when moving forward. There is a lesson in that: to move forward is always better than to move back.
You should rarely look back in your life, unless it is to draw strength from a positive event in your past to help you in the present. Take for instance a public speaker. Before taking the stage, they look back at a past talk where they received great response from the audience.
They may focus on the applause, laughter, interaction or standing ovation, etc. This will give them confidence and pump them up for the talk ahead.
How To Move On From Your Past
You can’t continue to look back on past failures. Otherwise you’ll become frozen in time. Have you ever heard someone always talking about the good old days? The good days are NOW not in the past.
In fact, the very people who are always talking about the good old days, reliving the past over and over again, while their present life is in shambles. They’ve fallen in the past and they can’t get up.
There was a time in my life when I use to be like that. It was a time in my life as a young boy when I lived with my grandmother for over two years.
I would always catch myself saying those were the best years of my life. Because of that thought pattern, I always felt like my present life didn’t quite measure up.
As a grown man that debilitating thought pattern was keeping me unhappy and unfulfilled. I kept looking back at that moment in time as being the good old days. The moments where I was happy and carefree living the good life so I thought.
Of course, to get unstuck I really had to analyze that time in my life. That time that occurred in my life was it really the good old days?
My grandmother lived in a house with a tin roof. Besides her house had no running water and we had to go and pump water out of a well to have any. The water that I drank and bathed in came from a well.
Also, my grandmother’s house had no indoor plumbing so there was no tub or shower, I had to bathe in a little basin. Remember there is no running water, so you had to go to the outhouse to use the bathroom. And on those cold and dark nights when you didn’t want to go outside to the outhouse you used that same little basin you bathed in. When I think about that now, YUCK!
She had no electricity, so we burned kerosene lamps at night and she cooked on a wood burning stove. And guess who had to chop a lot of firewood for that stove, because it doubled as our stove and heater when it was cold.
Now I have running water, electricity, bathroom, tub, shower, electric stove and central heat and air. I have a roof made out of asphalt shingles so when it rains it doesn’t sound like I’m in the middle of the rainforest in monsoon season and it doesn’t sound like someone is crashing two big gigantic cymbals together when it thunders.
The Best Days Of Your Life Are Still Ahead
I soon came to realize that the good old days is now in the present not in the past. I appreciate the life I live now and I’m always looking forward to better things that lie ahead.
That is how to move forward in life by not looking back and how you have to look at your life now. Stop living in the past your best days are yet to come. Get rid of old hurt feelings forgive that person and move on. Don’t hold grudges it can make you sick. Forget yesterday live for today.
Finally, don’t let your past mistakes define you. Take risks and if it doesn’t work out so what, NEXT. Life is what YOU make it.
Say to yourself, “From this day forward I will stop looking back!” You’ll find that there is a whole world out there you’ve been missing.
Your life is to be lived in a forward motion and if you focus on others more than yourself, you’ll live a beautiful and fulfilled life.