How to Let Go of Your Past Forever

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

how to let go of your past forever.

Longer post today. But I will never waste your time. Reading this to the end will light a spark of uncommon belief that can ignite a fire of exceptional success.

So please allow me to start…

As I write this, I’m on a plane. Listening to Roads by Portishead. Feeling blessed. Alive. Grateful.

I’m nothing special. I get that. I come from humble beginnings. Zero silver spoon in my mouth.

In school, I didn’t fit in. Wasn’t given much of a chance. My principal told me I’d never get into university. I didn’t believe him. [Trust your instincts versus your critics].

I kept on moving ahead. I understood the power of ferocious learning–reading books constantly, studying the best consistently and putting in the effort relentlessly.

I made seemingly insignificant small acts that to me revealed a beautiful progress. Quietly proving my naysayers knew nothing.

Anyone can put someone down. Heroes lift others up.

Thanks Cora Greenaway. My grade 5 History teacher. You saw something in me nearly no one had. You encouraged me–and helped me believe in myself. Via you, my self-perception changed. My interior story transformed. I’ll always revere you for this.

Got to university. Made it into law school. Did a masters on a scholarship. Clerked for a Chief Justice. Worked for the best firm.

Bright lights. Big city stuff.

But that external success without interior significance is a hollow victory.

What’s the point of winning in the world while losing yourself?

So, I wrote The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. The first editor said it was pure garbage. I’ve still got his letter to prove it.

I didn’t believe him. I hand sold the book myself. Left copies where people could find them. Stood at a prestigious booksellers conference in Chicago with a cover hanging from my neck, looking like a fool. Famous literary agents snickered at me. One outright insulted me.

Security at the gathering asked me to stop blocking the flow of people. I didn’t. My faith was bigger than my fear. My heart instructed me to get the book out to those who needed its message. And so I did.

And life, with its SuperGenerous Accounting System, rewarded me with uncommon blessings beyond my loftiest ambitions.

There was no massive machine behind The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I self-published the thing in a 24-hour copy shop. Mom edited it. Dad helped me sell it.

My first seminar had 23 people. 21 of them were family members.

People mocked me. I took it as a good sign. Society ridicules dreams of any value.

So what happened next?

The book exploded. Israel took off. So did Latin America. Next came India and Malaysia, Europe and Australia. You get the point. Stunning what happened to this simple human from small town Port Hawkesbury, Canada.

I wrote with love and my readers felt my love. [I still craft with love. Still working the mission. Still on fire to be helpful to as many as possible. The non-believers say it’s all for the money. Sad they are so cynical].

And when I’d fall along the journey, I’d rise. When I’d stumble, I’d dust off the disappointment. And stand.

Did it hurt? Of course.

There’s a real person, with dreams and fears and gifts and vulnerabilities behind these words you read so often. But unstoppability is the foundation of exceptionality. And luck favors the obsessed.

Monk has gone on to sell many millions of copies. Other books I wrote topped bestseller lists. 20 years of high-profile speaking across the planet, so far, and the privilege to impact over 100 million people, so far, via social media (love you Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram; we live in an era where each of us can do our part to lift the world with a single smartphone).

New books are on the way. I’ll be writing in my “Distraction Free Sanctuaries” of Rome, Zurich and Mauritius this year. The 5 am Club will get finished. Along with others I need you to read.

My private humanitarian work will also continue. As will my leadership presentations and my annual flagship event, The Titan Summit [yes, it’s true: we’re almost 75% sold-out for the December 2016 Summit given all the people who snapped up seats at the one that recently completed].

Anyway, what I’m attempting to say and convey with the utmost respect for your highest life is this…

…I’ll keep doing this until I’m dead.

Because there are still people without hope on the planet.

Citizens without happiness. Brothers + Sisters among us who have lost their best selves. And the magical connection to the brilliance, bravery, love and light that resides at the core of who they are.

Today, maybe you just needed a reminder…that…

…You are meant to fly. Built to wow. Created to bring on staggeringly great creativity (and ingenuity) that then morphs into inspiration, audacity and humanity for all witnesses.

Maybe you don’t believe this. But that doesn’t mean that on this flight into Rome at 40,000 feet I am not writing of truth.

I share all I’ve expressed to you so you get that my ride wasn’t–and isn’t–an easy one. You get knocked down, so do I. You get scared, so do I. You have difficult days, me too. People throw rocks at you. Trust, I get them too.

If the pursuit of world-class and positive global influence was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Let us not confuse the end result with the rigorous journey. May we not be seduced by the temptation to think those of great success have gifts we don’t have. And opportunities we’ll never see.

So today, please understand that everything you’ve experienced in the past was necessary for you to become the person you are today.

Your pain has purified you. Your stumbles have strengthened you. Your failures have fortified you. It’s all been a brilliant–and perfect– path, even when you resisted it most.

And as you start 2016, the year I viscerally encourage you to commit to growing into the finest year of your life yet, leverage your past to stand in your greatest power.

Use the great and the good, the messy and the heartbreaking of your history as a heroic platform to make this new year the year you completely change the game.

I’m in this with you. Here to help. Always got your back. Endlessly showing up as your encourager. Why? Because this is what I do. And I know, that as you rise, I get to see our world raised. And what could be better for this very average man than that?


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Hope this post inspires you to maximize the opportunity of this fresh year to make your rise to legendary.

Our world has never needed brave dreamers and decent souls doing great things with their lives as it does now.

Please use 2016 as a platform to fly.

With respect + encouragement,

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#1. Shatter your mental limits/fears so you install a mindset that is undefeatable.

#2. Release the past and unleash your highest happiness for this year and the rest of your life.

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#5. Step into a way of living that is magical, so you wake up every morning feeling uncommonly grateful, generous and free.

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You CAN do this. You ARE worth it. 2016 is YOUR year!

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57 Responses to “How to Let Go of Your Past Forever”


    After reading your story sir my mood uplifted,self motivated nd tons of energy,god bless u sir

  2. Sruthi says:

    Sir i’m a student and yo die-hard fan:) read many of your books and i felt my life getting beautiful even at bad times. But sir… you don speak anything much about relationships. Because though i read you much as often as i could again and again to forget and come out of the difficult and failed relationship, it pulls me down hard sapping all my dreams and energy…
    All your books seem to be addressing only the successful professionals… :(

    It would be nice if yo give little attention to the relationship side of life…

  3. Yasmeen says:

    Do you mean i have to let go everything in my past even the persons
    who i met them, my culture, my background and my past.i think you
    want me let go bad & negative past :)

  4. Smitha says:

    Truly Inspirational…. :) Thank You

  5. Arti says:

    Excellent advice, we need more people like you in this world to guide!!! Very good understanding of life!!!

  6. sam says:

    definitely we will change the world Robinji..

  7. Sam Sanders says:

    09H02, Friday, August, 26, 2016
    What happened?
    What I am feeling today: complete rejection from the one I love, my husband of 12years and lover of 18years I have no idea where we are going to end up, but I know this much it will not be good…….. Well for me anyway. I feel more rejection and stress coming my way, but is ok God is there, after all His word says that He will never leave us or forsake us.
    Personally I am struggling with the things in my past, both what I did and could not help, somehow I feel guilty for breaking up my family. If I hadn’t told my mother what my father did they would still be together. My sister is not speaking to me and my father is now staying there by her as my mother has told him to leave after the divorce was finalised.
    Since the coming out of the family secrets last year June my husband has changed, drinking worse than before and is even abusing substance (cocaine) this I feel responsible for. If the secrets did not come out I don’t think he would be doing these things, therefor I am responsible and me alone. I feel like I have ruined this man’s life, if I had told him in the beginning of our relationship he would have never dated me and that is why it’s my entire fault. This man could have had a beautiful life if he had not met me or should I say wasted so much of his time with me. Hopefully he will recover soon as I just think it’s only fair for me to leave his life as he somehow feels obligated to stay with me, so I will make it easy for him, after all it is my fault , why should he suffer this way? He thinks that it will be difficult to carry on with his life without me, but he will see that it is not. I just don’t know how I am going to do it, because if I say I am leaving he always tells me about other men, he will say things like “ YES GO HE IS WAITING FOR YOU” or “ YOU WANTED TO LEAVE LONG AGO” “ GO TO THOSE WITH BIG COCKS” that is the kind of shit he talks.
    The problem in our marriage is communication and the fact that things has gone beyond fixing. No matter what he did to me in the past and no matter how he treats me, I think that I deserve everything that comes my way. Only it hurts so much, the way he treats me:
    When I speak to him I don’t know if he does in fact not hear me or he is pretending not to hear what I say.
    When I cry he does not even care, like I will sit in the bedroom and cry sometimes then he will be sitting in the living room watching TV. He will come once and say “don’t cry or I am sorry” kiss me and then he goes back to the TV. This makes me feel worthless. I don’t know if it is my imagination or TV influence, but as far as I can tell that I not how you treat the person you claim to love.
    All my life the only thing that I have always longed for is love and I mean real love. This to me means.
    • Care = when your loved one seem to be worried ask what the problem is and even if the person say nothing is wrong and you could see that there is something , try harder to make your loved one speak to you or at least try make them feel.
    • Support = the same as above show that it concerns you when your loved one cries.
    • When you are in a public place or around other people, show some affection towards your loved one, people must see that you really do love that person.
    • Talk to your loved one about everything, this makes them feel secure in the relationship, communication is key.
    If you going to behave the way my husband does, then it shows that you don’t love this person. Like when he is not with me, he does funny things doesn’t answer his phone or goes wild drinking. When I confront him about something he did, he always says “do we have to talk about this now?” or he would say “its finish jirre are you going to go on and on” this show that he does not understand or care how I feel and that hurts like hell. So at the end of the day I am just here accepting everything that he does to me, because I am not worthy of anything more.
    Today I have been thinking a lot about the way I live and for the past few months I have realised something vitally important. I have never been truly happy I don’t know how that feels as I don’t know how it feels to be really loved from the core of someone’s heart. In the 40years I have been on this earth I have never felt loved by any man. I know one thing for sure, I was good for and that was to be used, how do I stop feeling such low self-esteem I know that God loves me always has and always will.
    This life has run its course on me and I feel like I am done now. Enough is enough. I should just repent and pray to God I go to heaven, because the last thing I need is to burn in my afterlife.

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