As an individual, once you succeed in differentiating your “present self” and your “future self” as two different entities, the quality of the decisions you make now that can also affect your future will be much better and workable.
In this context, Dr Daniel Gilbert of Harvard opines that people seriously poor as far as a prediction about their future is concerned. A prime reason behind such poor judgment about the future is that it is easier to remember and judge what had happened in the past than imagining what can happen in the future.
Since we don’t spend much time in imagining our future we often live in the dilemma that things will be just as they are in the present even a decade from now. Likewise, we also make a faulty judgment that we will remain the same person until our death. Some aspects of this illusionary vision about our future are as follows:
- We realize the in the past some big changes had taken place in our life.
- We realize that our present is quite different from our past.
- We consider our present to be our future and think this is what we will remain to be for the rest of our lives.
It is an utter necessity that we accept the fact that many things in our life will not remain in the future. As it has happened in the past so also in the future, we will become a different person and personality.
Change helps us thrive
It has been observed that people change in terms of goals, aspirations and even their point of views. This change can come over a period of a decade or even within a much lesser span than that. However, as individual ages, they tend to become all more inclined to stay away from new experiences and ideas. Bigger ideas no longer seem to motivate them and they believe their past has already created their future. They visualize the future depending on their past. Imaginations for a bigger and solid future disappear. Their life becomes routine and mundane.
It is true that routine is necessary for growth and development in life. However, when meeting the daily needs or finishing the same repetitive jobs become the only routine, your brain starves of new ideas and challenges whereas new ideas and challenges are the most important things that push a person to attain higher levels in life. Hence, for growth and development routine and a thirst for newer challenges must be balanced. Personal confidence comes from striving for goals that are bigger than your current capabilities. So having said all of that it is now time to stop attaching yourself to your current and past achievements and the settled state of life and imagine for a bigger and a better future that possibly lies ahead of you.
Imagination is the key
“Imagination” may sound platonic or unrealistic, it is nothing but the truth that you have to imagine a “big future”. Bigger and better things come and happen to people who dare to imagine and dream. As Dr. Gilbert opines imagination creates energy within and around you that motivates you to achieve your dream targets. One of the most inevitable things in life is change. In spite of your best efforts, you will change as a person in the future. Hence as pointed out by Einstein imaginations is far more important than knowledge. In this article, we will discuss four powerful ways to imagining and creating pathways for a desired future. Let’s start:
Imagine who you want to be in the future
The aim is one of the most important things that can help you attain bigger dreams and goals in the future. Vision is of much eminence when you aspire to attain bigger things in the coming span of time. The best way to go ahead is first making a distinct and clear differentiation in yourself in the present and yourself that you wish to be in the future. The differentiation between you in the present and what you wish to become in the future will help you get a proper vision of your future self. This vision is your focus and a streamlined direction in which direction you can move ahead. Important psychiatrists like Gordon Livingstone have stated that in order to be happy a person must have a vision for the future. It is important that you have a vision for which you will exert yourself daily so that you can attain it in the future. This drive will help you to be happy. This vision becomes the context of your life. Even top business experts like Cameron Herald have said that personal and professional visions can make a better person out of you.
Just s you must be focused on the idea of the vision, you also must be clear about the idea in which you can attain your vision.
One of the significant ways to move ahead with your imaginations is to make real investments into the whole thing. Visualizing the dream or imagining it for the coming future is just the first step. You really start believing in the whole thing and start thinking deeply once you have invested something into the whole thing. This is when you have actually taken a powerful decision in relation to the goal that you have imagined for yourself. This is one step that will help you determine your true priorities and start playing your own game as per the goals that you have set for yourself.
True Immersion Into The Vision
Formulating the vision is just the first step that can take you in the direction of a better and a bigger future. However, just a mere vision is not enough to attain a better and bigger future for yourself. You need to feel truly passionately for a new vision of the future. A vision is nothing but a goal of a new you in the coming times. So you need to think in a lot of depth about the whole vision. This is how your body and mind starts aligning them to this new vision and you start acting in a way that will help you to attain the goal or the vision in the times to come.
This is one of the most important aspects that must be taken into consideration. When someone thinks of something new and challenging for the future and makes an endeavor to attain it, the common attitude is people often go by the things that have not been attained and achieved as of their current state. They keep looking at the gaps that have been left uncatered to. This is a mistake and a rather pessimistic way of looking at things. Instead, you must look at the gains and the achievements that you have attained as of now. At a regular time period, let’s say at a gap of 30 or 90 days you must take a look at some of the biggest leaps that you have taken. This will help you be happy with your progress. This is one state of mind that will help you to be better motivated to attain your dreams.
Change is the essential mantra of leading a happy and content life. Success is a process that is bound to bring you a lot of joy. Success is something that you can attain if you can embrace change. Having a purpose in life is very important; it is something that can make you a happier person.