You Cannot Go Back, But You Can Go Forward

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It takes courage to live. And to live your life, you must have confidence in yourself. You must have confidence in your abilities to live your life in the present, in the moment, in the now.

Appreciate yesterday, but enjoy today. Today is all that you have right now. If you lose it, it will never come back to you.

Do not waste your time. Because you cannot go back, you can only go forward. In the words of Paulo Coelho, “No one can go back, but everyone can go forward. And tomorrow, when the sun rises, all you have to say to yourselves is: I am going to think of this day as the first day of my life.”

Yes, today is the first day of your life. Today is a new day. Today is a new life. Today is a new beginning.

Whether you want to believe it or not, you have the power to change your life. Because every day is a new opportunity to live a new life. Every day is a new chance to reinvent ourselves.

Every day is a new start. It is an opportunity to run your own race. Today is your day. Live it.

If You Want To Find Yourself, You Must Stop Pleasing People

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Help people, but don’t please them. Why are you wasting your time to please people? Why? You need people to help you succeed in your life. Pleasing people is not the right way to get there. Pleasing people is not the right way to build a positive relationship. Some people will like you for who you are; others will hate you for who you are. Don’t worry. Keep moving forward. Your life is not in their hands. You must focus on making yourself better.

You say yes to everything. You can’t say no to people. You don’t want to let people down. You want people to like you. You want to fit in. You care about what other people think of you. You want to look good in the eyes of other people. You don’t want people to reject you. Wow!

“Please all, and you will hurt yourself.”

Know this: “Until you start saying yes to yourself, you will never find yourself. Until you stop pleasing people, you will never know your true self.

In reality, when you don’t focus on yourself, you are stopping yourself from moving forward. You are stopping yourself from growing. You are stopping yourself from building a meaningful life. To stop that, you must be comfortable with who you are. You must practice your core values. Let your values guide your life. Aesop said, “Please all, and you will please none.” Please yourself to grow yourself. Please all, and you will hurt yourself.