Curiosity and Progress – Blog

I’ve recently started working with the absolutely phenomenal meta-conscious entrepreneur and business coach Stacy Hartmann. Her work is inspiring me in countless ways.

Today it has me thinking about progress and possibility. At times in my life, I’ll admit, I’ve been easily ensnared by the tendrils of my past, viewing my current reality through a lens tinted by experiences and beliefs that no longer served me.

I’m learning that this perspective, rooted in our past self, often misguides us into believing that yesterdays trials and triumphs hold the definitive truth about who we are and what we’re doing today. The truth is, however, that the past is merely a shadow of what was and who we used to be, not a true reflection of our potential in the present moment.

Perspective is shaped by the lens through which we look. If we look through a blue lens (the past), we see something different than if we look at it through a green lens (the future).

Albert Einstein once stated, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” This profound insight underscores the futility of trying to forge ahead while constantly looking backward. Our past, with its myriad lessons and legacies, should inform but not constrain our current endeavors. The challenge, then, is not to discard our history but to transcend its limitations by adopting a mindset oriented towards the possibilities of the future.

The antidote to the inertia often created by focusing on our past selves lies in the conscious creation of our current reality from the vantage point of our future selves. Basically, the approach calls for us to tap into an unlimited vision, one brimming with potential and devoid of the constraints imposed by previous failures or successes. It invites us to dream boldly, to imagine our lives not as we were, or are, but as we could be, guided by the aspirations and insights of the person we want to become.

Remaining curious is one of the most powerful ways we can implement this antidote. Curiosity carries with it the energy of inquiry, movement, and expansion. It prompts us to ask questions, to explore uncharted territories, and to consider alternatives previously thought to be impossible. Whenever we find ourselves concluding that a situation will unfold in a specific way—often based on past experiences—we inadvertently limit the flow of energy to that possibility and, in doing so, restrict its potential expansion. By embracing curiosity, we open ourselves to a multitude of outcomes, each a testament to the boundless creativity of the human spirit.

Cultivating this future-focused curiosity requires practice. It involves consistently challenging our assumptions, actively seeking new knowledge, and remaining open to the unexpected. It means looking at obstacles not as dead ends but as detours or stepping stones. Most importantly, it requires us to believe in the power of change, both within ourselves and in the world around us.

To aid in this transformative journey, consider reflecting on the following questions:

  1. What if the barriers I see are simply illusions of my past, waiting to be dismantled by the possibilities of my future?
  2. How can I cultivate a sense of wonder about the unknown, viewing each day as an opportunity to learn something new about myself and the world?
  3. In what ways can I challenge myself to think not only outside the box but as if there were no box at all, fully embracing the limitless potential of my future?

By pondering these questions, we encourage ourselves to remain in a state of present-future focus, fueled by curiosity and unbounded by the constraints of our past experiences. This mindset is not only liberating but also essential for anyone seeking to navigate the complexities of life with resilience, creativity, and an unwavering belief in the potential for transformation.

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