I have this vivid memory from when I was about 12 years old, I remember feeling so puzzled by the notion that I wouldn’t be like this (looking and feeling like a 12 year old) forever. I couldn’t even start to imagine what I would look like as “an adult”.
I somehow thought I would stay like that forever (I did not)…
Who are you today?
Let’s start by painting a picture of where you are today – try the Wheel of Life exercise.
It’s a great visual tool to show you a snapshot of where you are today.
It is not the time to be judgmental about where you are today, it’s a time to be curious. Because now that you know who you are today, you also know this is not who you’re going to be 1 year from now or 5 years from now…
Most people overestimate what they can do in 1 day, but underestimate what they can do in 1 year.
My Ten Year Plan
I first heard about this exercise on the Tim Ferris podcast when he interviewed Debbi Millman and she spoke about an affirmation exercise she would do with her students. It’s an amazing interview I encourage you to check it out.
I probably hung on to this exercise for about a year before I dared to actually sit down and write it out.
I used my wildest imagination to write about what my future would be like. It’s been 4 years now and I am surprised by what has come true. At the time, like I said I used my wildest imagination, writing about things I never thought I would have or deserved! But somehow they showed up in my life. And it’s not over yet.
It’s worth a try, even though it’s scary and you might not “believe” that it “works”. What could happen if you did just try it?
A fellow listener of the Tim Ferriss Podcast wrote a great summary of the exercise, click the button to read the instructions.
I adapted this exercise from Dean Graziosi’s book “Millionaire Success Habits”, which he calls: “looking back from the future”.
Imagine that it is one year from today and when looking back over the past year, you realize it was the best year of your life! What does that look like to you? Grab a pen and paper and write it down. Try to really step outside your box. Don’t downsize your dream to fit your current reality.
It’s also worth reading Dean’s book, I love his stories and how much sense it makes when he writes. He also did the BETTER LIFE CHALLENGE – check it out, I warn you it won’t be easy, but if you do it you won’t be the same that’s for sure.
– Jim Kwik