Let me tell you why overthinking on your past does not help you succeed. There are actually two approaches to explaining this, where your past was good, and where your past was bad. 

I'm gonna start with thinking about the good past. I was this perfect little thing when I was before my twenties. Everything in my life happened so perfectly without any downfall, I was happy all the time, didn't have any kind of feeling blues, I was always smiling, motivated and had this amazing soul. Everyone around loved me for my personality, my talents, my looks (p.s. I'm being a little narcissistic here ;)), how I saw the world, how I planned my future, and everything about me. I often faced so many praises from my social environment and I did not understand the fact of why a person gets angry, or sad. I indeed understood that people who underwent a lot of problems were forced to behave like that but I guess I never saw myself being like that ever. Well you see I was this smart ass before I came into my 20's and boom! Just as I hit my twenties, I can assure you that I started my journey of being a dumbass. I actually thought about my positive past, which I referred to as "good past" in the beginning, but in a negative way. I did not believe the fact that my life could go wrong then and hence, I was not ready. So, my advice on overthinking about your good past is that you get a little too self confident in yourself and you may lack the risk management skills that you will have to face somewhere in the future of your life. 

Now to the part of overthinking about the bad past. Let me tell you why it is bad. Well, it kills the present YOU! It does this hazardous thing to yourself where you start to hate everything about you, and if you keep thinking and thinking about the bad things, you might not ever see the light of your future,

You might be wondering now what is the right thing to do. Well, don't overthink about something too much! Of course it is important to think about your past, specifically good and bad both, but there has got to be a limit. 

I have this rule which I practiced from my childhood that being a moderate thinker is one of the key things you can lead to have a good life. Especially, one that where you are happy with yourself. I actually learnt this from Buddhist philosophy and I loved applying it to everywhere which would not follow me to being an extremist. It really matters that you concentrate on your present than the past because you have to live in this moment. You can learn lessons from the past and shape your future. Ultimately, you will learn to be happy with what you have got now, and you will start to see the positive results that you are facing from all the bad things that happened in the past, and points where you need to further improve yourself from referring to all the good things that happened in the past. 

So I guess it is clear for you, don't overthink, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing!


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