I’m sure by now, you’ve all seen the “10-year challenge” or the “how hard did aging hit you?” challenge. This “challenge” can be very eye-opening in either a positive or negative way; let’s choose positive.

For those of you without social media, the challenge is basically posting a side-by-side comparison of you now to what you looked like ten years ago.

When looking back ten years, or any time at all really, it’s easy to think of your failures and things you’ve missed out on. You remember the mistakes better, completely overlooking all of the success you had. It is very important to reflect on our past, but we need to use it as a tool to get better, not diminish ourselves further.

When looking back, don’t be disgusted or envious of your past self; be grateful for who you are now. Maybe you’ve had a few bumps in the road, but you’ve also had plenty of successes. Many people fail in their struggles against food addiction because they focus on places where they’ve failed instead of areas where they’ve succeeded. Having a positive outlook can significantly determine who you become. Maybe a new challenge should be started. Instead of posting about your past, post about who you want to be in ten years. Give yourself goals and something to work for every day.

Don’t let your past determine who you will become. Start working in the present, but keep your eyes on the future.

Shine Bright!!

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