Do something today that your future self will thank you for. -author unknown
I love this idea.
Hands down, without a doubt, it's one of my favorite inspirational quotes of all time. (Even if it does violate a cardinal rule of the Apostrophe Police by ending the sentence with a preposition.)
Whenever I read this quote it forces (encourages?) me to really stop and think about how my actions are impacting my life, or conversely, how my INACTIONS are impacting my life.
Am I making choices in this moment that bring me closer to the things I really want? Are my decisions in alignment with the future I'm committed to creating for myself? Am I making choices or decisions AT ALL for that matter?
How often do we really think in those terms though?
I don't know about you, but I know I have definitely found myself, in more cases than I'd care to admit, moving mindlessly through my days. (I'd venture to say that most of my twenties were spent in that state!) This mindlessness can almost feel like a trance. Like we're just not present at all.
It's easy to just go through the motions, isn't it? We wander along, mindlessly meandering through day after day, getting up-going to work-coming home tired-numb out in front of the TV for a while-head to bed, only to do it all over again the next day.
How does that pattern help us get closer to our future goals? In my experience, and I'd venture to guess in yours as well, it simply doesn't.
So what can we do about it?
In preparation for your day or week ahead, you might ask yourself "What will I do today that I can be thankful for later?"
In reflection, you might ask: "What have I done today that I can be thankful for later? "
And then in all the moments in between, GET PRESENT.
What does being present have to do with the future?
If we're not here right now, conscious of what we're doing, we'll run the risk of making choices and decisions that lead us nowhere. Or maybe they'll even lead us in the wrong direction all together. The chances of our decisions leading us towards something our future self can thank us for, without a conscious connection to ourselves, are slim to none.
Being conscious of our present moment experiences is the most effective way to create the future of our dreams.
So what will you do RIGHT NOW, what decision will you make IN THIS MOMENT, to make your future self proud?
- Will you finally check a long-procrastinated to-do off your list?
- Will you take a walk around the neighborhood to kick off a regular exercising trend?
- Will you choose to do something that scares the shit out of you so your future self can congratulate you later for taking that risk and surviving?
- Will you say something kind and loving to someone who really deserves it? (maybe that "someone" is even YOU...)
Pick something and do it. NOW. Your future self will thank you for it.
With love and inspiration (and one less long-procrastinated to-do on my list after today),