Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | September 04, 2016, p. 12
Rohit Sharma (b. 1987) is an Indian international cricketer. On November 13, 2014 he made the highest-ever individual score of 264 runs against Sri Lanka in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. In an interview to The Times of India, he said: “During an innings, I always focus on the ball at hand. I forget about whatever happened in the previous ball.” (November 26, 2014)
This is the best formula of life for every man and woman. This formula successfully covers all the fields of human activities. Life is similar to a game whose consequences we cannot determine beforehand.
In this game there is success and failure, and gaining and losing. In such a situation, the best principle of life is: Forget the past and focus on the future.
If you remember the past, your energy will be divided into focusing on two phases of life – the past and the future.
This division of focus will go against you. It will adversely affect your activities. You will fail to utilize your total energy for achieving your goal. A wise person is one who completely forgets the past and focuses totally on the future.
If your past was successful and you live in the thoughts of your previous success, then this way of thinkingwould develop false pride in your mind, which may not be good for you.
If the past has some stories of failure and you keep rememberingthem, it would mean dividing your energy into two: what happened before and what will happen ahead. This, too, is not a wise policy for anyone.
Success is the result of wise planning. And, one of the most important aspects of wise planning is toforget the past and focus on the future.