We are all on a journey in this life. We go through it with one constant and common denominator. We all have the same amount of time each day. Therefore, it’s up to us to use that time in the most productive, inspiring, enriching and achieving way. Unfortunately, most people are held back from achieving their highest self, their greatest capacity for realizing a dream life on their terms. The thing that holds most people back is a way of thinking that has been conditioned and adopted over time.
This is not something external. It’s not a force or a set of circumstances. It’s not someone else. It’s not another person’s actions, opinions, or attitudes toward us or our lives. It’s not a government or an economy. It’s not a condition, function of a bank account, a skill set, or the lack of a skill set. None of those things hold us back.
The only thing that holds people back from fully realizing what they dream and envision in life—is themselves.
It’s you. It’s me. It’s all of us. When we realize that the only thing holding us back from achieving our dreams and our wildest vision is ourselves—then the world opens up for us. We need to take 100% accountability and responsibility and realize that the only way we will achieve this dream life is to realize the only person that is going to get us there is ourselves. This is the hardest part for most people.
We are inhibited by the fears and false constructions that are in our minds. They prevent us from realizing our dreams. Most often, it is not external factors. Surroundings, upbringing, circumstances and access to certain privileges do not provide a higher likelihood of achieving success. These factors make a difference for sure, but where the breakthrough happens is when we take ownership of our lives and the vision for our lives. When we focus on us. So I want to ask you to invest some time later today doing an exercise that will literally transform your life.
Write down who you want to become and how your life looks in the future.
This is called crafting and creating a Future Self. Jot down the answers to these questions:
- What you are wearing?
- Where you are physically located?
- What do you look like?
- Who are your friends?
- How much money do you have in your bank account in liquid funds?
- What do you have by way of investments and income streams?
- How many homes do you own?
- What you are doing for a living?
- Have you diversified your financial portfolio?
- What organizations are you a part of that provide meaning and purpose in your life?
- What community and tribe have you formed that looks up to you for leadership, guidance and wisdom?
- What legacy have you left for your family and for those you love and care about?
In short, what do your future self and your future impact on the world look like? Use descriptive, detailed words. Take the time to invest in this and provide details about your vision for your future self and life. After you’ve put this down on paper, post it where you can see it daily.
Now that you have brought these goals to the subconscious level and are being reminded daily of your future life, watch as your body, mind, internal faculties and external resources start to focus and move you closer and closer to achieving your future self and life. We all desire to grow, to go from where we are today, to where we want to be in the future. Start with this vision exercise to start bringing it to reality.
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” —Joel A. Baker
The only thing that holds people back in life from realizing what they dream and envision—is themselves.
Jot down what you want your Future Self to look like. As you go about your day, think about your decisions with this mindset: Will this further my Future Self goals?
What did you do differently today as a result of your focused, Future Self mindset?