Do you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future?
Your answer depends on your decision to either react differently to the same stimulus or react as you’ve always done in the past.
You could choose to stay calm when the urge to boil over and prove as you’ve always done, that you’re no push over is very strong.
Only very few people would be surprised if you went wild and destroyed a thing or two when provoked. It’s how most people would react when pushed to the wall and so it’s normal, it’s expected and it would attract little or no attention. And you wouldn’t surprise yourself.
But when you’re at the receiving end of provocation and still have the equanimity to go against popular expectations, you attract more attention. Many people are going to sit up and regard you as a leader they should learn a useful lesson from.
Your choice to react in a way that’s a clear departure from the past, would give you freedom from recurring regrets caused by mistakes and weaknesses of your past.
And that freedom would be your power to disrupt a status quo, set higher standards, achieve great things, lead many into a new future and immortalize your name.
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra