Visualizing Your Future Self

habits visualization Oct 15, 2018
 

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SUMMARY 

  • We build our future selves in the every day actions we take.
  • When offered multiples options, know when pay short-term costs for long-term benefits. (Marshmallow example)
  • Not thinking of your future self can lead to impulsive behavior.
  • The high performer is strongly connected to their future self.
  • How are your actions today influencing where you'll be in the future?

FULL TRANSCRIPT

Have you ever thought about yourself in the future? It could make all the difference in how happy and successful you are later in life. Stick around & we’ll kick off this month’s topic, visualization.

Our future selves are built today, at this very moment. Thinking in that way will help you put your choices, actions, and habits in the right perspective.

Feeling too lazy to wash the dishes? Think about your future self. She would probably be happy to walk into the clean kitchen the next morning.

You see, one of the biggest factors in making smart decisions is knowing when to pay short-term costs for long-term benefits. Stay with me, I’ll elaborate.

In our fast-paced world, there is a tendency for “instant gratification.” We want things now, not later – even if that means rejecting a much bigger reward in the future. 

If you don’t think about your future self, and only consider your needs and wants in the present moment, then that can often lead to a lot of impulsive decisions that later come back to bite your ass.

Take a moment to look back at your life 5, 10, or 20 years ago.

That “past self” probably seems quite different from your “present self.” In the same way, if you look ahead toward your life 5, 10, or 20 years, your “future self” is likely to be just as different.

We’re constantly growing and changing.

High performers are extremely connected to their future identity & see where they want to be & change their habits today in order to get there.

Not having a clear future identity is one of the reasons why new year’s resolutions aren’t normally successful. People love the idea of losing weight or eating healthy but they never actually see themselves as the person who’s achieved that new habit.

They say, this is who I am...this is what I eat! They don’t see a significant transformation in their future self so they don’t make the significant changes today.

Let me know down below in the comments, if you’ve never thought about your future self comment with a #1. If you can see yourself with complete clarity, comment with a #10. You can fall anywhere on that 1-10 scale.

Take 5 minutes and ask yourself, “How are my actions today influencing where I will be in the future?” Try to have a long-term mindset and see the bigger picture behind your daily habits.

So what do you want for future you?

Recognize the little ways you subconsciously build your future self every day. Think of the tasks you've tackled to set yourself up for success. Maybe it was unpacking that suitcase, prepping your lunch for the week ahead, or even just wearing your retainer each night. Recognize how you're already creating future you—then build on it.

Now, the last thing I want to leave you with is a really awesome website called Futureme.org. where you can write a letter to the future you...1, 3, 5 years or you can choose. I highly encourage you to do that. You might just be surprised when you get that email from yourself.

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