Don’t Build a Home in the Past - Harper Hallett Consulting

Don’t Build a Home in the Past

Today was the day I had settled on to get my haircut, sadly though I have a new hairdresser since Eleanor departed to the great hairdressing salon in the sky. As you’d expect with a hairdresser (her name was Debbie), there was much conversation. That conversation ranged from politics of the day (today it’s the government and Brexit), hobbies, and the real conversation starter, what do you do?

You see I used to be a musician in the British Army and performed at all of the great state occasions, Changing the Guard, Trooping the Colour and Prince Charles' wedding to Lady Diana Spencer.

" Pay homage to the past, just don't build a home in it" - Robert Plant.

The conversations turned to the subject of keeping in touch with my old army colleagues, and I explained that I didn’t, apart from a few messages on Facebook and it was at this point that I remembered the quote from my all-time hero and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant “pay homage to the past, just don't build a home in it”.

Then she asked, “do you keep in touch with your old army colleagues”?

“No” I answered and here’s why…

It’s sad that most of those guys are still stuck in the past and would rather than be doing what they used to, rather than what they are doing today. I am different though, why, because I have done so much since I let the army, however there are three huge lessons I’ve learned over the years.

Remember where you Started.

I always remember that I started at the age of 16 as a humble musician in the army, from a very working-class background. I had a loving, caring family and whilst we never had much money, we were happy, and I've never lost sight of that.

The Past shouldn’t Define you.

The past, what we did and what we have achieved, are an important part of who we are, yet you mustn't allow it to define who you are, or who you are going to become.

The Future is yours.

Many people I speak to say, “what choice did I have”? Now here is the universal truth, everything you do from now on, is a choice that can you can make and, it will seriously affect your future, however it can’t change the past. The past is sealed in the annals of time and is now history.

Just look at those around us who have stood the test of time and keep appearing despite their age, be they musician or sports people.  They all have one thing in common, they keep demonstrating the ability to reinvent themselves, just as I did. I have been through that process twice. At the age of 23, I left the army to change career, moving into IT and the Project Management. At the age of  50 something I changed again to become a coach and trainer.

Many of you reading this will read this will think, well that all sounds so easy, yeah, just reinvent yourself, like it’s as easy as 123.

Well I’ve been fortunate to have some great mentors and advisors, and so you can too. All you have to do is take that small step and book a success call with me and I’ll explain how, just as easy as 123.

Oh, and by the way, that success call is FREE, it's on me to get you started.

Chris Hallett

Chris is a Project Management Consultant and after over 25 years of running Project, Programmes & PMO has now turned his attention to helping other Project Professionals build high performing project teams. As an author, speaker and coach Chris has worked with many people one a 1-1 basis as well as in corporate life. To book a 1-1 Success call with Chris, go to:

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