Be brutally honest about the past, and the future will take care of itself.
This statement comes from overcoming three problems in my life (at different times):
- near bankruptcy to financially comfortable
- always frantic/stressed at work, to highly productive and relaxed
- "obese" in 2015, to my ideal weight as of today
All three issues were overcome by continously recording (in painful detail) current state. The act of contentious awareness caused me to address my shortcomings which were causing the problmes in my life.