What does the ideal future look like for you? What does the perfect situation for your health look like in 10 years? What does the optimal relationship with your kids look like in 20 years? What does the ideal outlook for your finances look like at 65? Today is as good a day as any to think about and start to manifest your ideal future. With that in mind, I have an exercise for you that has the potential to pay big dividends for you:
1) Choose one area of your life where you feel you could use some work. Some possibilities include health, marriage, self-care, finances, work, etc.
2) After choosing your one area, write out what your ideal future looks like. Go big or go home! Try to really feel the emotions associated with this ideal future. When you write it out, write it in first-person and present tense, as if it's happening right now. For example: "I am healthier than I have ever been in my life. My energy levels are consistent. I don't crash in the afternoon like I used to when I was younger. The increased energy and strength has made me a better husband, friend and dad. I spring out of bed each morning and can't wait to tackle the day. I don't crave junk food and I've learned to love cooking. I workout and walk or hike every day, and I receive compliments from people 25 years younger than me almost every day.
3) Write out your current reality for your one area. Be honest with yourself. Write out how you feel about this area in your life and let your emotions come through in your words.
4) Close the Gap. By creating your ideal future and recognizing your current reality, you have created a gap that you are trying to close. What is ONE thing that is reasonable and realistic that, starting today, you can do EVERY DAY to help close the gap? If you're striving for better health, it can be something as simple as taking a 10-minute walk every day. If you're striving for a stronger relationship with your spouse, it can be something as simple as snuggling with them for five minutes before you get out of bed in the morning. If you're striving for a stronger relationship with your kids, it can be something as simple as playing one board game with them each day.
Creating an ideal future is possible for all of us. It simply requires imagining and feeling that ideal future, and then taking small, consistent steps every day to close the gap between that ideal future and your current reality. You've got this! Have a great day! Coach Chris