What have you done today that your future self will thank you for? This is a question I often pose to myself. Sometimes I can answer with a number of positive, future supporting tasks that I have ticked off my ‘to do’ list for that day. Clearly these things will have both long and short term benefits. However, like everyone of us, I have days where it’s a struggle to find the positive future-life-enhancing tasks to tick off.
Of course, the point of looking forward is to appreciate that it is actually ourselves that we are setting up for a better or worse day, week, month or year. This can be a powerful motivator for not just getting things done, but for focusing on and getting the important things done.
As we know, it’s all too easy to put tasks off for another day, but, when those tasks are the things that will help create a stronger, fitter, wealthier and happier future for ourselves, then it’s high time that we got to it!
I think all of us are looking at the future with yesterday’s eyes.Dan Burrus
It’s important to recognise that motivation is fickle! Consequently, it’s essential to your future self that you do as much as you possibly can to maintain the excitement (motivation) you feel for your goal. Don’t allow systematic stumbling blocks, ie, those that you can control, to derail your forward momentum.
Working regularly and consistently to create the future you want, rather than the default future which will turn up if you continue on the well-worn path of least resistance, should be a primary life aim. Spending time working out what you actually want, putting a loose plan together, and obtaining or setting aside the resources will get you excited and as a result you will feel motivated.
To keep your excitement (motivation) high, revisit your plan regularly so you always know what your next action will be. By doing this you will improve and enrich your future life and your future self will be a happy bunny!
Here is a lovely poem by Terrie Brushette
Never Stop Being You
Never stop caring about the little things in life.
Never stop dreaming, and don’t give into strife.
Never stop wondering are we on our own.
Never stop thinking has your spirituality grown.
Never stop building bridges that lead to better tomorrows.
Never stop trying, and don’t give into sorrow.
Never stop feeling amazed at the beauty that surrounds you.
Never stop hearing the music, and don’t give into the blues.
Never stop pushing away negative thoughts that make you feel sad.
Never stop looking at all the miracles we have had.
Never stop loving the ones you hold dear.
Never stop giving, and don’t give into the fear.
Never stop smiling, but look forward to each new day.
Never stop shining in your own special way.
Never forget that all storms will clear.
Remember brighter tomorrows are always near.