Lou Ludwig Success Tips: Your Past Does Not Equal Your Future

Your Past Does Not Equal Your Future

Your Past Does Not Equal Your Future

“Life is a series of collisions with the future;

it is not a sum of what we have been

but what we yearn to be.”

Jose Ortega Y Gassett 1883 - 1955, Spanish Liberal Philosopher   


As I see it. . . . . . . .

Your past does not equal your future


Your past has gotten you to where you are today.


You are living the life that you have created for yourself as a result of your thinking . . . . and your previous actions. You can’t go back and relive your past it’s in the history book of your life.  Your past only becomes an indicator of the future if you continue the same behavior . . . . and continue to do the same things that you’re currently doing.


If we want to change your future you have to change your thinking . . . . and your activities. Create a positive can do attitude in your thinking. Think in terms of what can be possible. A success future comes through the actions that you are taking today as they will determine your future and who you become.


Find your purpose . . . . and take massive action to achieve the future you want.


The activities that you take today become the building blocks for your future . . . .   The activities  that you choose to take today is your choice.


Your past does not equal your future . . . . your future is created one day at the time . . . . and today is the first day of your future.



©2014 Lou Ludwig Motivational Power Quote, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author

Comment balloon 33 commentsLou Ludwig • September 12 2014 02:21PM


Past is old, current is fresh, future is well, not here yet and could turn out different than you expect. Depending how you use today shaped with experiences from yesterday. It's a delicious cycle of enjoying life, the ride. Living it.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 4 years ago

It's energizing to know our future is waiting to happen, and we create it with our daily actions.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 4 years ago

Hello Lou,  You are so right about the past and the future.  I look foward to the future always.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

I like to think that our past is what shapes us but the future is an open book that hasn't been written in. We have to decide how the rest of the story is going to go. Isn't that exciting?


Posted by Emcee M. Arah, Realtor w/Architectural Dimension, AHWD CRS B-Arch (Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD) over 4 years ago

Lou - this is so true.  And what do did in the past will not get you to where you want to go in the future.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 4 years ago

Hello Lou,

Your past forms you so that you may reach your future!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

If it is to be, it is up to me.  All experiences teach you something, if you are willing to learn.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Lou, Our past makes us what we are today, experience is the best teacher.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 4 years ago

Your past is just that. Your past.  Your future is a blank page and yet to be written.  

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 4 years ago

Every morning is like fresh start. As you run thru the days hopefully you are learning from your past issues and making the new start terrific.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 4 years ago

Correct, past isn't the future because of the wonderful skills our minds have.

The future can be on auto-pilot, or it can be self-directed.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) over 4 years ago

Lou Ludwig your posts always motivates me - as I look forward to brighter future.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 4 years ago
It was Willy Wonka who said that we are the makers of dreams.
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 4 years ago

It's comforting to know I can leave the past right where it's at and choose a different path in the future.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 4 years ago

I really like posts that provoke thought.  This one did just that.  Thanks.

Posted by Jim Joeriman, Helping Agents Reach New Heights (Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty, Inc) over 4 years ago

Yes, this is good advice.  We do have the power to shape our future and now is the best time to start.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 4 years ago

You're spot on Lou.  The past is done.  Over.  You can't change it.  What you can change is your future.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 4 years ago

Good Morning Lou: This is a moving message each day and everyday. We can't just stare up in the sky and wish that we will be showered with blessings. Some are thrown in by luck or happenstance. But mostly, our future depends on how we mold it today.

Thank you.


Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) over 4 years ago

Lou: You got me thinking on this one you posted; So if we are what our past has sterred us to today, why do we all want to do it all over again by saying, "If I had only done it this way?" I guess it's part of the mystery of human nature and never being satisfied.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National & Geneva Financial, Llc.) over 4 years ago

Lou, I really liked your last line; I find it uplifting, thank you.

"Your past does not equal your future . . . . your future is created one day at the time . . . . and today is the first day of your future.

Posted by Marie Story, Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist (Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami)) over 4 years ago

We learn from our past in order to form a better future.

Posted by Geoff ONeill (John L. Scott Medford) over 4 years ago

Many peoples unresolved "past" interferes with their present which affects their future...That's why the inner work that has to be done can be put off, but never ignored...good posting here and thank you Lou

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 4 years ago

Zig Ziglar always said, "You may not be where you want to be but that has nothing to do with your future."

Great advice. Our future IS built upon our actions today.

Posted by Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity. (RVA Home Team) over 4 years ago

 ...... thank you, Lou, this blog is good 'food for thought' this Saturday morning.

Posted by Rosalind Nicholas, Toronto Condo Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON (RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage) over 4 years ago

A great quote that I ran across some years ago (but now can't remember where), "the wake doesn't propel the boat."

In other words, our actions propel is forward.  

I needed this reminder today!  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Kate McQueen, Tailored service for your real estate needs! (CB&A Realtors) over 4 years ago
Lou- very true. I am a huge fan of Heidegger, who in sum states that the future will eventually become the place you are propelled forward from, so you had better plan a fabulous future!
Posted by Cathy Hoogeboom, Helping you Love the Life you Live over 4 years ago

Actions start with decisions. If trapped in the mindset of the past, history will repeat. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 4 years ago

So thankful that my past does not determine my future! Jesus does! Hallelujah!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 4 years ago

Our pasts may certainly shape us, but it clearly doesn't need to define us, especially our futures.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 4 years ago

Very true. Your past does not define who you can be but rather the tools that you have acquired to reach that future!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Like a pipeline for our lives....to put it in sales speak. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 4 years ago

Love this, Lou... and you are absolutely right! Thank you.

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Moving forward.  Each of us has that power within us.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago