Monday, December 23, 2013

Creating the Future

We often complain that the circumstances in our life aren't up to par with how we want our life to be.

"I wish I was making more money at my job. I want to have more free time to finish that project I started. I wish I could do my hobbies more. I want to find a partner who can support me and inspire me."

But do we really know where we'd like to be instead?

It's easy for us to notice the part of our lives that seems to be lagging behind. It might even feel like it's dragging us down. People do this all the time. We complain about it and keep drawing attention to it. But not many of us know how to change it.

Every time we think these thoughts about what we don't have, how what we have isn't enough or how what we have doesn't work, we deepen the ruts of these thoughts in our minds. Thoughts flow like water digging deeper river beds. But like water, thoughts can also create new paths of travel.

Articulate Exactly What You Want

In order to redirect our thinking out of our old thought ruts, we must focus on what we do want instead. Fantasize about how you'd like your life to be. Imagine. Imagine. Imagine. Design a fun life.

Some questions to ask yourself:
How do you want to wake up in the morning?
Who do you want to be working with?
How does your lifestyle feel?
What do you do during your ideal day?

First imagine the future in your mind. As you're ready, begin committing these thoughts to paper. As you write them down, return to them frequently and edit them.

You're life is always changing and your ideal might very well change. Don't be afraid to edit. Keep it fresh and present. Allow yourself to evolve into your future. Remember that the first step to creating the future you want, is to design it. You have to know exactly what you want. Let's create our future.

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