How Baggage From Your Past Keeps You From Thriving In Your Present
It’s only human to have dreams and goals that you genuinely want to meet without the extra baggage.
Yet, what also makes you human is having a past that serves as somewhat of a learning experience. The problem occurs when the baggage from your past keeps you from thriving in your present.
This can be a complicated issue all-around. So, we’re going to review what “baggage” is, how it impacts your future, and what you can do to tackle this problem head-on.
What is Baggage?
Baggage is sometimes referred to as “emotional baggage.” These terms are usually used to describe events, emotions, and feelings from your past that are still left unresolved or still cause you emotional pain.
Baggage can be just about anything. The baggage from your past might be from being abandoned by a parent, being abused in a past relationship, having any type of addiction, or simply having shame for who you once were.
It can impact your relationships, your career, your financial decisions, and even the trajectory of your future.
Setting Your Expectations
Your baggage often comes from something that you’ve experienced.
So if you’ve been in a relationship that was verbally abusive or if you’ve been cheated on, you might end up entering your next relationship with trust issues.
Your past tells you that relationships could involve verbal abuse or infidelity, which means you might anticipate that happening again.
This could cause you to sabotage your relationships before they even really begin.
At the same time, having baggage means that you might believe that what happened in your past is actually “normal.”
Instead of having a greater amount of respect for yourself, you might lower the bar and accept whatever comes your way.
You might end up in the same type of relationship solely because that’s what you’re used to and you don’t think you deserve better.
Lowering Your Self-Confidence
The problem with baggage is that it often comes with a lot of shame.
Think about it.
How many people are proud of being in physically abusive relationships, having childhood abandonment issues, or being former drug addicts?
Even the thought of revealing your baggage to other people might terrify you.
You might think that very few people would actually stand to give you a chance in any way. This could be in relation to a brand new relationship, a friendship, or even a job opportunity.
You might not think you’re worthy of the good things that might be offered to you.
This attitude can lead you to reject opportunities that could potentially change your life for the better.
Shifting Your Mindset
Your baggage impacts you in every way possible.
Not only might you be reluctant to try new things or meet new people, but you also might be giving up opportunities that you’ve always wanted.
It’s important that you shift your mindset.
Here’s how you can do that.
● Remember that you’re not your past and what happened to you.
● Focus on the good things that can come out of new opportunities.
● Understand that history doesn’t always repeat itself.
● Keep in mind that not everybody is the same as the people in your past.
It’s going to take a lot of time to shift your mindset to a more positive one, especially if your baggage goes back several years or even decades.
Just stay persistent and put your own mental health and future at the forefront.
Your baggage from your past definitely has the potential to keep you from thriving in your present.
But that’s only the case if you let it!
It’s important that you attempt to leave your past behind you and have an understanding that your future can and will be different.
A simple shift in your mindset can do wonders for your mental health and your future.
To your continuing success,
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