How To Create The Future
…and The BEST Future Possible at That…
Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari once said,
“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”
Here are a few tips I’ve learned along my crazy journey called life in how the power of creation can be key to bringing about a better future…
Sharing Your Vision With The Universe
My mother is an avid runner. She often recommends that when you sign up for a marathon, you should tell as many people about it as you possibly can. Why? Because telling others about something reinforces a contract to yourself, it helps focus your goals, and it helps to create a possible support system for the future.
Futures can’t be create without others. You’re never going to get anywhere without a shared vision, and that vision can never exist if it isn’t shared!
It’s important to share your vision of the future not just with others, but with The Universe as well.
What do I mean by this?
Let me tell you with a true story…
American gymnast Nastia Lieuken was not slated to win the coveted Women’s All-Around gold medal in the 2008 olympics. She had been recovering from a serious back injury that almost ended her career.
I remember seeing an interview with her on Oprah after she had won that gold medal. She said something really powerful.
She said during her recovery she printed out pictures of what the gold medals would look like in Beijing and tacked them to her wall. She created a vision board, all of it pointing toward her winning that medal. She believed it with all her heart. And she did everything to make the Universe believe it as well.
When we put things out into the Universe, they have a natural way of coming back to us.
John Assaraf once said,
“You become what you think about most.. But you also attract what you think about most. ”
So attract the future you want — and do so first with your thoughts!
Let The Past Go
Let Go of the Past! The Future Doesn’t Live There!
And as another Disney character says, “Let it go! Let it go!”
To move to the future you actually need to move…or just keep swimming!
Ok I could fill up this whole article with Disney Gifs so I will stop now — but seriously, the only place the past can dwell is in your head so don’t waste your thoughts on it, don’t stay there! Focus your energy in the right direction …on moving yourself forward!
Say No MORE Than You Say Yes
According to the Second Law of Thermodynamics chaos can only increase over time —
Life begets chaos and that chaos will grow…and you will no longer be able to run your life and your life will run you! 😵
So the sooner you prioritize your schedule and control the amount of chaos coming at you the better.
Steve Jobs once said,
“Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It’s about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.”
Saying no to others should feel like a victory. It means we are saying yes to ourselves, to our families, and to our purpose in life.
Creating a personal mission statement for yourself can help you align what you should say no and yes to, ultimately helping you to create that future you want to live in.
Determine a purpose, a means to achieve that purpose, and what your core values are and bam! You have your mission statement!
(ie: My name is Mandy Chew, I want to create a creative, hopeful, and Positopian future for both myself and the world of tomorrow through art, written word, and experiences)
Once you have this statement, hold it tightly and remind yourself of it often, (even print it out and tape it to your wall if you need to)
Then stop any activites from creeping onto your calendar that don’t align with your vision of the future (people will actually admire you when you do this and you will gain their respect too, so don’t feel bad!)
The Future is spelled T-I-M-E
How many hours does the wealthiest Entrepreneur in the world have?
The same amount as us…
24 Hours in a Day… That’s it (and a little under half of that is usually spent sleeping) We all have an equal amount of hours in our day. We are all equals.
So why do some succeed where other’s fail?
Usually if we give ourselves a certain amount of time for a task, we take it. Like a hermit crab only growing to the size of it’s shell, we will only do the amount of work that we have mentally assigned to ourselves.
Like Abraham Lincoln said,
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
So, people like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk are able to clearly create the future they want to live in because they drive themselves to use their hours wisely.
Invest In The Best Thing Possible
I once had a boss who asked a room full of us workers what the best thing was that we could invest our money in right now.
“Gold!” some of us shouted
“Stocks” others said
“New business opportunities” said a few others
But he shook his head and smiled, saying nope nope nope to us all.
Then he said,
“The best investment you can make is in yourself”
My boss taught me a valuable lesson that day:
Our individual ability to learn and grow, to develop new skills, to create the best possible version of ourselves, is the best investment we can make to both ourselves and to the world in every way (be it with time, talent, or treasure)
…and this is the best way to create the best future…
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