Baggage is Useless

Yesterday is gone.  Yet for many people, years of yesterdays still rise with the dawn of each new, fresh day. As a result, today becomes just like yesterday — gloomy, cold, and bitter.

There’s a lot of resentment out there for those people. They walk around their organizations reliving their yesterdays and holding onto perceived slights, mistreatments, and grievances like gold. And like gold, the burden is heavier than it looks. Out of their resentment grows animosity, rancor, hostility, malice, and antagonism.

In reality, no one cares what your organization did or didn’t do to you 5 years ago or 5 months ago or even 5 minutes ago. It is time to MOVE ON.

How can your work be focused and flexible while you’re carrying around all that baggage? How can you be fast and agile for your customers if you are shackled to your yesterdays? With your daily performance under a microscope, holding onto a grudge from yesterday will drag down your performance today, which will add to tomorrow’s questions about what value you bring.

It’s a vicious cycle that eventually will spin you right out the door!

Don’t wallow in yesterday. Today is a new day and it comes with a fresh chance to perform. Take a new lease on your professional life and use the opportunity to prove that you fit, that you want to be here, and that you have something valuable to contribute…today.

How can you move on?

  • Let go of resentment
  • Clean the slate
  • Lighten up
  • Re-commit
  • Focus forward

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