Have you ever wished you could take a step back in time and whisper some advice to your younger self? Perhaps advise against a particular hair style or fashion faux pas? Maybe suggest to yourself to go on the summer backpack trip to Europe when you were 19.
There are hundreds of roads not traveled, risks not taken that make us wonder, what if?
What if ….
True, our imaged outcome is likely perfect: For example, if I had only …. I’d be gorgeous millionaire, living the good life on a tropical island somewhere doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.
What if …. you had a chance to reach into the future for a bit and see what comes of today’s choices? What would your future self want to say to present you?
Some of what my future self would tell me:
- Stop eating junk food already. It’s not healthy and it’s not going to get better.
- Slow down and enjoy life’s moments. All. Of. Them.
- Spend more time on recreation (i.e., hobbies, friends, family) than chores.
- Take pride in yourself, you are good at what you do.
- Stop worrying over silly little crap. It doesn’t matter anyway.
- Make time for exercise and better quality sleep.
- Finish the damn novel already! It IS good enough.
This week’s Throwdown is for you to picture yourself in the future and what your life will be like if you keep doing exactly what you are doing today. It doesn’t have to be decades into the future – even 1 or 5 years can be enough. The trick here is to be brutally honest about your present lifestyle and habits. For example, you can’t expect to lose 100 lbs if you aren’t eating a healthy diet and exercising. So, picture yourself in that future, based on how you live today – what you eat, what you wear, where you go and especially, how you spend your time….TODAY.
Now that you have the future image in mind, what do you see?
Is this outcome the future you want for yourself? Again, be honest. If what you really want is to qualify for the Boston marathon within the next 3 years, running has to be part of your regular lifestyle.
If your future image isn’t what you want, it’s time for your future self to have a chat with the current you and make some changes. Better yet, write yourself a letter – and keep it visible. What changes are you going to make?