“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” –Proverb
Does your vision for your Future Self pull your forward?
Do scenes of your Future Self help get you out of bed in the morning?
Your image of your Future Self can lift you up, or it can weigh you down.
If you fill your future with hopes and dreams and wild aspirations that pull you forward, you will have a constant source of motivation from the inside out.
Whenever I feel bogged down, it’s because I’m not holding a powerful enough picture of a better future to fire me up and fuel me forward.
Luckily, it’s an easy fix.
Design a Better Future Self that Lifts You Up
Jim Rohn has a way with words.
He warns that if you don’t build a bright, bold future, you will act out of fear and hesitation.
You need a future that lifts you up. The promise of a better future is a renewable source of motivation.
Here’s how Jim Rohn put it:
“The promise of the future is an awesome force to affect your life everyday.
Without a future well-designed we take hesitant steps, and all you have to have is hesitant steps for six years, you’ll be timid, driven in to a corner, not boldly willing to go and take your portion and take your share.”
Use Your Past as a School, Not a Club
You need your attitude to support you. Don’t use your past like a club to beat yourself over the head. Instead, learn the lessons and keep moving forward.
This is how you will bounce back better, and rise above whatever tries to weigh you down. Be your own balloon, not your own worst anchor.
Here’s how Jim Rohn put it:
“We’re affected by what we feel. How you feel about the past (faults, failures, losses.)
Use it as a school, not a club, let the past be a school, let the past be a teacher, not to threaten you, but to teach you.”
Set Better Goals
Have you ever met somebody who has goals? They are going places. They are inspired by what they want to do or who they want to become.
You can do that, too.
You can instantly change how you feel about the future by setting some goals that inspire you.
Use your goals to design a future that you can’t wait to live and are willing to work toward.
A simple way to get started is to walk through an ideal day in your life in the future.
Then use those scenes of the future to lift you up as the wind beneath your wings.
As Jiminy Cricket, put it, “If you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true?”
Dream big. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe reminds us, “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”
And Lailah Gifty Akita says, “The possibility of the dream gives strength.”
But most importantly, Josie Bisse says this about big dreams:
“Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them.”
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