Take a moment to imagine yourself five years from now.
Where do you see yourself? What does your life look like? Is anything different, or is it more of the same? What kind of images wander through your mind as you project yourself into the future? What stories do you tell yourself about the future you?
It can be disconcerting to project yourself into the future like that. There is a lot of trepidation and uncertainly because the future is unknown. The Native Americans call the unknown future the Great Mystery. And they are bang-on. The future is a mystery and it can be great!
The only thing about the future that you can know for sure, is that it is derived from what you dream, hope, and imagine. Therein lies the mystery. The greatness comes from the inherent qualities of the dreams and images you create. If you believe in your fabulous future, your fabulous future will materialize.
The future comes to us in the images we create in our minds, or the ones we create from the conversations we have. This is why goal planning and setting are so important. In fact, most progressive workplaces have incorporated this type of process in their performance evaluation cycle. When you set concrete goals for yourself, and discuss them with your manager, supervisor, spouse, parents, mentor, etc you are creating your future image.
These images you hold about the future guide and inspire you. They influence your present actions and decisions. Just like a flower grows toward the sunlight, people grow and change in the direction of their brightest light. A light that is reflected by the images they hold about their future self.
The power to create the future you desire comes from within. When you access this personal power, nothing is beyond your reach! Heres how to begin creating glorious and vivid images of your future self:
Picture yourself being the best you can possibly be.
Create images full of rich details
Fill-in the pictures with vibrant and bright colors
Make sure the images of your future are filled with hope, wonder, love and passion
Hold those images in your mind, day-by-day, moment-by-moment
Follow your instincts and let your visions guide you as you move toward your goals
Your images of the future are your lighted signposts. If they burn in bright neon colors, you will be able to find your way to the future you desire no matter how dark your surroundings. Seize every opportunity available to you, to think about, and talk about your hopes, dreams, and aspirations. The more vivid they are the more real they become. With a powerful and dazzling collection of images about your fabulous future, you will find a way to live the life that will take you there!
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.” (Louisa May Alcott)