Do you ever feel lost, unsure of yourself, or frustrated at your lack of progress towards your goals? This Future Self exercise is a quick way to give yourself a boost of guidance, confidence, and optimism.
Many of us carry very old mindsets that make it difficult for us to act like our future selves today. Most of the time this is due to fear or shame triggered by old brain patterns that have now become automatic due to years and years of repetitive use.
Doing this Future Self exercise can actually help your brain create new thinking and behavior patterns that reflect your Future Self. The more you practice this exercise, the more times the patterns get repeated and the more automatic these new patterns become...until you actually find that you ARE your future self!
Step 1: Create a clear picture of your future self.
Think about what he/she looks like, feels like, does for a living, does for fun. Think about what kinds of friends and family he/she has. Think of as many details as you can.
If you don't know the answers to the above question yet, that's ok! Give yourself time, space, and patience to form the picture in your head. Then check out the following tip...
Tip #1: Concentrate on the feelings.
It's much harder to answer the question of "who" your future self is compared to what your future self wants to be feeling. So try asking yourself, "How do I want to feel in the future?" Loved? Valued? Worthy? Like you're having fun every day?
Step 2: Imagine yourself being your future self.
Close your eyes, take a couple deep breaths, then really imagine being your future self. Immerse yourself in feeling like future you and doing the things that future you would be doing, seeing the things that future you sees, smelling the smells future you smells, etc. Try to use all five senses - see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
Tip #2: Make sure you're in first person.
Our brains have this really cool feature that puts us either in third person point of view, in which you are essentially watching yourself in a scene, or first person point of view, in which you see out of your own eyes. When we dissociate into third person, our subconscious minds are removing the emotions attached to the experience, which can be useful during negative experiences.
But for the future self exercise, where you want to feel all the positive feelings, you want to heighten all the feelings and senses by being in first person. You're basically tricking your brain in this stage to thinking that you are already are future self.
Step 3: Repeat as much as you can.
By tricking your brain into thinking that you already are your future self, the more your actions, perspectives, emotions, and energies will be like that of future self on a day-to-day basis. And by the Law of Attraction, by emitting the mindsets and energies of future self, you are attracting more of what your future self wants. And this means that you will reach the success you associate with your future self much sooner than if you had never heard of this exercise!
This exercise can take however long you want. I usually do this every night before I go to sleep and every morning right when I wake up and I'm still in bed.
Tip #3: Instead of reaching for your phone in the morning, try doing this exercise for 3 minutes instead.
Start your morning off on an uplifted, optimistic, and confident note by checking in with your future self. Sometimes, during this exercise, the coolest ideas will come to you that will help you move infinitely closer to actualizing future self! (Pst...that's your intuition talking to you!)
For the month of April, I've been doing a mini web series on Facebook Live about mindset shifts to help you reach success faster. Follow me here. I post videos every Monday and Thursday - hope to see you there!
Check out one of my Facebook Live videos about Future Self here: