When we focus on our past mistakes, misfortunes and failures we anchor ourselves to victim thinking. We tie our current circumstances to our past. Successful people release their past by taking individual responsibility for their mistakes, misfortunes and failures. Then they pick themselves up and move on. If you focus on the past you are never going to be able to change your future. You need to release the past. The only thing that matters is what you do today to move your forward in life. The past is a prison cell that will hold you captive. The key to opening that prison cell is to focus on the future.