Chapter Two: Your Past

“Study the past if you would divine the future”
– Confucius

“What is past is prologue.”
– William Shakespeare

“One faces the future with one’s past.”
– Pearl S. Buck

“Losers live in the past.  Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.”
– Denis Waitle

“It does not matter where you are coming from.  What matters is where you are going.”  While this statement is true, it is more of a reflection of a good attitude towards the future rather than an accurate truth.

We all know that it DOES matter where you come from.  The better you can understand where you come from, the better you are equipped to move forward.  Therefore, we will look into your history to see the things, people, and events that have shaped your life and brought you this far.

By looking into your past, we will get clues to the direction your life is currently following.  The experiences you have had, the things you have done, and the people you have met thus far will all be a part of you for the rest of your life.

Most like, you ave experienced both positive and negative people and circumstances.  We will not dwell on the past more than necessary, but we will look at your past in an objective manner.  No matter what your past consists of, it is a part of who you are.

The goal is to make it an asset for you — an asset of memories and experiences that will be useful for your future.

“Your past is an asset of experiences that you can use in your future.”
– Hans Johansen

First, let’s list some facts we can use as input when you create your alternatives later.

Who have you predominantly been with in your life so far?



Where have you lived?



What professional and/or social roles have you had?



Why have you done the things you have done?  That is, what has been your motivation for the decisions and changes you have done in your life so far?



Now that we have a starting point based on your past experiences, let’s look at the people who have influenced your life so far.

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Table of Contents

I. Chapter One: Introduction to Life Planning

II. Chapter Two: Your Past

III. Chapter Three: The Influence Of Generations

IV. Chapter Four: Your Present

V. Chapter Five: Your Future

VI. Chapter Six: Your Alternatives

VII. Chapter Seven: Making The Decision

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