Is What’s Behind You Impacting Your Ability To Move Forward?

Craig Stanland
2 min readJul 22, 2022

Fear leverages the past to prevent us from moving forward.

When we’re standing on the precipice of a massive change, it’s easy to succumb to the stories of our past.

Our brains are the greatest search engines in the world and will remind us of all the times something didn’t work out.

When we failed.

When we gave up.

When people judged us.

And we’ll buy that evidence at face value as proof that what we’re about to do won’t work out either.

So, why would we even bother?

Instead of buying what fear is selling at face value, what if we kicked the tires and took those fears for a test drive?

What if we traveled beyond the superficiality of these fears and asked,

“How exactly does giving up the science club in the 7th grade impact my ability to write a novel today?”

“How exactly does being let go from one job impact my ability to start my own business today?”

“How exactly does being bad at baseball (when I was 9) impact my ability to train for a triathlon today?”

When we dissect these fears, we see there’s absolutely no reason to buy them at face value.

There’s no correlation; there’s no substance.

Once we observe this, we can move to perhaps one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves:

“What will I regret NOT doing?”


What’s in your rearview mirror doesn’t move your car forward.


I’m a Reinvention Architect & Mindset Coach and I work 1:1 with my clients to help them re-architect the life of their dreams.

My book, “Blank Canvas, How I Reinvented My Life After Prison” is available on Amazon.

In the same vein as The Alchemist, Blank Canvas is a guidebook for living an extraordinary life disguised as a beautiful story.

Only in this case, the story is true.

James Altucher, best-selling author of Skip the Line, Choose Yourself and Reinvent Yourself had this to say about “Blank Canvas.”

“Craig has lived a story NOBODY would ever want to live. I was riveted to each page because I kept asking myself, “How would I handle this?” and I didn’t know the answers. Craig takes us into hell, and then we ride with him on the journey back. Great story, great writing, great human being.”

Craig Stanland

I write about my journey from corporate success to federal prison and finding joy, mission, meaning, and fulfillment beyond professional and financial success.