Wouldn’t it be so much easier if we could skip to when we were successful? Our goals had been achieved and we’d ‘made it.’ We could go to bed one night and wake up as our future selves.
But where would the fun in that be?
It’s the journey more than the destination that counts and if we can’t enjoy the journey then we’ll never get to the destination.
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of articles and books on the future self. I started looking into it more and then suddenly it’s everywhere. Sound familiar?
My friend introduced me to Dr. Benjamin Hardy and Be Your Future Self Now. I had a few audible credits left so took the plunge and downloaded it. Then listened to it every night before going to sleep for about a week.
You can get the book here.
There is scientific research about how becoming your future self now can help you achieve your goals faster.
Don’t know about you, but I was IN!
However, it wasn’t until I started thinking about WHO my future self is. What she’s achieved etc that it brought to mind other books I’ve read in the past about this subject and then did nothing.
One of those books was a book by Mark Forster ‘How to Make Your Dreams Come True’ that I found in my bookcase from 20 years ago. It has a similar vein as the book above, where Mark takes the position of his future self and asks his present self questions to get clarity on the way forward.
He brought this book out as a better time management tool and he says it worked. His goals were achieved faster and so was his transition into his future self – which kept evolving too over the course of the book.
Another, more recent book to my library, is ‘The Law of Assumption’ by Neville Goddard. If you’d like a copy of this, pop your name and email below and with the magical powers of email marketing it will be delivered to your email inbox (after you confirm your email address.)
So, sensing a pattern of reading books, getting aha’s and then doing absolutely nothing with those aha’s I decided this time things would be different.
It’s time to not only apply those lessons, it’s time to use them to build a new daily habit.
My future self told me this would be a good idea
Ready to follow along?
How to Discover Your Future Self
We all know that depending on how far in the future you want to go and what your goals are, our future self is different to how we are now.
With the experiences we will have, the successes and failures, the people we’ll meet, it’s a sure thing we’ll be different. So why then when we think about the future we want to attract do we plan it using today’s self and allow today’s hang-ups, fears and beliefs hold us back?
If our future self has already achieved what we want, why not go for it with conviction?
Step One: Think back a year and write down the things that are different about you and your current circumstances.
- Have you achieved a better income level?
- Have you moved address?
- Have you hired/fired anyone?
- Do you dress differently?
- Have any of your beliefs changed?
- Who has come in/gone out of your life?
- What lessons have you learned?
- What was a lot easier looking back than when going through it?
- Has your goals changed?
You now are the future self of you a year ago.
That’s WITHOUT actively working with your future self. Imagine what you can achieve when you start working with the new and improved version of yourself.
What advice would you give yourself that would get you to this exact point, faster and easier than the journey you had?
THIS IS THE POWER OF YOUR FUTURE SELF
You don’t want to wake up sometime in the future and wish you’d done this sooner. Today is a great day to start.
Is the future self you are moving towards the one you want to become?
How to Work with Your Future Self
To discover the future self that is going to help you achieve your goals faster than you thought possible, start with your year ahead future self.
If a year ahead seems too far ahead, then go for 6 months or even 3 months.
Have fun with it. Think about:
- Where do you live?
- What does your home look like?
- What does your life look like?
- Who is with you?
- What skills have you picked up?
- How do you look?
- What is your daily routine?
- What are the non-negotiable things in your life?
- What time do you get up/go to bed?
- How do you attract your income?
The great thing about this exercise is that we can assume that by following our future self’s advice the journey will be smooth(ish) and no matter what, we’ll achieve what we set out to achieve, even if it takes us longer than initially hoped for OR we achieve things much faster.
Which one is up to you.
Step into your future self’s shoes (Louboutin?) and imagine what you’d say to your present self.
What are your priorities for achieving your goals?
What is the vision of your future that keeps you on track?
Write down that vision and keep it with you.
Read it every morning you get up, throughout the day and before going to sleep.
You can tell if something isn’t quite right. It’s time to trust yourself. If something about your statement doesn’t feel right, then change it.
You need to be able to read your statement and feel 100% in alignment with it.
Record yourself reading your statement and play that back to yourself – as your future self.
Once you’ve got your statement perfect, it’s time to put it to work.
Not only are you going to be reading it several times a day but you are going to be re-writing it several times a day too, to get it stuck firmly in your subconscious mind.
Be Your Future Self NOW
One of the things that stuck out after reading ‘The Law of Assumption’ is that once you assume you are your future self, the Universe has to make that happen.
With 100% conviction it’s time to become your future self NOW.
Now, before you start objecting with things like, ‘but, Lesley I hate my home right now.’ Or, ‘but, Lesley I can’t afford to hire an assistant/housekeeper/chef right now.’
Those things will change over time, however you can change your mindset now. Make your decisions from your future self’s perspective.
Don’t like your home? Change your attitude about it. What would it take for you to love it? Even if you clear a corner of your home and put in things you love there.
Don’t like your wardrobe? Wear what you love, don’t keep it for a special occasion.
Why do you think sales of lipsticks and nail polish soar in a recession? Because women like to feel good and those items make all the difference.
What can you do TODAY that will bring your future into the present?
I Challenge YOU...
We all live busy lives. It’s easy to get off track and before you know it you’ve forgotten all about your future self.
I’ve done it. And more than once.
So, here’s a solution that I came up with.
Fill in the form below with first name, email and your short statement to keep you focused on what you want to achieve.
Every day for 30 days a reminder of your statement will appear in your inbox so that you can’t forget.
YOU CAN DO THIS!