Imagine that you’re going on a trip in your car. You’re in the driver’s seat behind the wheel rolling down the road. So far everything is normal except that you’re looking through the rear view mirror to see the road behind you in order to predict what the road in front of you looks like. So, you’re looking back to move forward.
- Would you recommend driving like this?
- What would you say to someone driving like this?
The Road Changes too Fast to use the Rear View Mirror
If you keep driving forward using the rear view mirror, you’re going to:
- Drive off the road and get hurt
- Only drive on safe, straight known roadways
- Not drive at all
None of these scenarios are going to help you learn and make a better future. The past may feel comfortable or familiar but is it getting you where you want to go? Are you taking in new experiences through your windshield?
Opportunities are Endless Through the Windshield
The windshield is where the fun and learning takes place! If you don’t think this is true, have you ever brought a child from the back seat to the front seat so that they could see better? What was their expression? Usually amazed at this whole new world that didn’t exist. So much possibility. The same could probably be said for someone learning something new for the first time.
You Can Still Use the Rear View Mirror
Reflection is an important part of learning so there are times when you need to look back. Just don’t use the past as your primary means of moving forward.