Leading The Past

Deep in the recesses of your heart, a voice cries out. A fire awaits to be reignited, driving you to change.

“Live a different life,” the voice says “Live it well.”

Your life belongs to you and no one else. Neither does it belong to the past nor to anything around and within you.

The world does not have to shape you in any way undesired. Nor lead you to and through an unwanted path.

1. You have the gift of choice.

Our Creator has given you one of most beautiful gifts to change your life – the gift of choice.

You are free to decide your destiny. Free to make something out of your life.

You don’t need acceptance to make a choice, approval from anyone to make things happen. Nothing should take away the power of choice and change from you.

You are the outcome of yesterday’s choices. What you become tomorrow is the results of today’s decision.

In that moment of decision, you can change the fate of your life forever.

2. The past belongs to the past.

Sadly, many have framed the past from the lens of pain rather than gain, the lost rather than what’s left.

They focus on the letdowns rather than the precious lessons that can help them leapfrog to a brighter future.

Instead of rising up to become a victor, they talk themselves into becoming a victim.

They tell “stories” to comfort themselves. Stories to put blame on others and justify their part in it. Excuses for not being able to control the outcomes.

As a result, they allow the past to lead them down the slippery slope of negativity. A path that can only lead to destruction.

3. The past takes on the meaning you give to it.

In the final analysis, it is not the past that limits you or holds you back from success.

What the past means to you begins and ends with you and how you respond to it.

The way you view the past will determine what it means to you. How you respond to it will determine how it will mould and shape your life.

If you believe you cannot change the past, it will become a bondage to you. You will always return to and live through it.

If you hold on to negative values, they will become a burden to you. You will not be able to run further and faster in life.

If you don’t let go of past hurt and disappointment, they will be a baggage to you. They will weigh you down on the journey of life.

4. Take charge. Reclaim your life.

To change anything, you need to first change yourself. Take responsibility for your role in the drama of life.

Responsibility in essence means that you have the ability to respond to whatever life throws at you.

You can break out and break away from the past. Stop it from holding you back from the beauty of the present and wonders of the future.

If you have suffered in the past, you have paid a high price for it. Acknowledge what you have gone through and use the knowledge to free yourself.

It’s time to take charge and reclaim your life.

5. Change is not out there. It’s within you.

You can change your mental model, the way you view and respond to the past. Redesign your beliefs, values, and emotions about it.

You can make sense of past experiences by framing, interpreting, and constructing
meaning out of it.

You have the power to prevent the past from shaping you and condemning your future. You are free to decide what you want to do with your life.

You may not be able to change your past experience. However,
you can change your response to it. You can rise above it and determine its purpose, meaning and significance to your life.

Whatever happened in your life may not be the best. However, you can make the best of whatever has happened.

You may not be able to forget the past but you can change your feelings about it. You can replace negativity with positive emotions.

You cannot relive and correct your past but you can draw valuable feedback and lessons from it.

You can allow the past to become a great teacher. A teacher that will coach and guide you on how to develop a better you and a better future.

The logic is simple.

If you respond positively, you will get positive results. Your response can in turn improve yourself and the situation.

You can go and grow through the challenge. It does not have to be a millstone around your neck. It can be a cornerstone for your success.

6. Restart your life and create the best future.

The best way to manage the past is to manage your present and the future. Develop the capacity and competence to change and sustain the change.

Bring out the best from yourself and strive to be the best that you can ever be. Make full use of the resources that will lead you on the path to success.

In conclusion, don’t let the past become your life and freeze you in time. The time to confront the past and make peace with it is now.

Close the chapter and restart your life to claim your destiny. Hold on to your dream and expect the best from life to get the best from it.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please ‘Like’ me on https://m.facebook.com/patrickliewsg

Visit my Inspiration blog at https://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/

For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/

Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net

Please read my reflection and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on https://m.facebook.com/patrickliewsg Visit my Inspiration blog at https://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/ For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/ Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

One Response to Leading The Past

  1. Michelle says:

    Thank you Dr Patrick for your motivational posts. It is very inspiring and i do hope to read more of your posts. Attending the 2 day talk did transform my perspective. Often in life, we forgot that we have the ability to dream, to be courageous and take action. We forgot that we won’t die by being a little thicker skinned. Because of you and the inspirational and motivational talk you gave, it gave me the courage to take action. Instead of just donating on my own this xmas, am rallying friends and family to contribute to the needy too. Thank you Dr Patrick. I look forward to reading more of your posts on your thoughts, life experiences and beliefs. Have a good day ahead! 🙂

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