This post is part of my "33 Lessons on Turning 33" in which I will be sharing 33 gems, insights, and pieces of witty wisdom over 11 posts.
Lesson #20: We must develop the ability to let go of things from our past. When I took the Landmark Forum, a seminar designed to live powerfully in the world, they shared an analogy with us about how we live our lives. Think of life like a filing cabinet. We continue to mis-file our past right up front with our present and future. All of those files keep reminding us of our past and don't allow us to live in the present or create a new future for ourselves. When we continue to operate with a bad filing system, we get resentful, frustrated, and we start to disengage from our life. We have to file the past where it belongs...in the past.
Lesson #21: Live by the Pareto Principle. Also known as the 80/20 rule, the Pareto Principle changed my life. The Pareto principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Through this principle, I have transformed so many of my habits and how I live my life. I also believe in the 80/20 rule applying to exercise, eating, and sleeping habits. By doing our best 80% of the time, that can influence us greatly.