Google is amazing. It can map the quickest and most efficient route to anywhere in the world . But, as smart as it is, it can’t do it without two pieces of information. It has to know where we are and where we want go. If we only tell it where we are, we’re stuck - going nowhere.
Our life is like that. If all we see is where we are, it’s easy to get stuck. If we’re in a really good place, we can become complacent. If we’re in a bad place, we can become depressed.
We must see past our current reality and imagine a better future. Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge.
Imagine yourself 2-3 years in the future. What does your life look like. Not how much more stuff you have, but what kind of person are you? What kind of person do you want to be?
If our current reality is not what we want, and that’s all we focus on, we create an inner state that borders on depression which influences our behavior and is manifested in the way we walk, talk and act. However, if we focus on what we want (assuming we know what that is) we create an inner state of hope and positive anticipation.
In a recent article, Benjamin Hardy quoted the late psychiatrist, Gordon Livingston M.D., who said that humans need three things to be happy:
* Something to do * Someone to love * Something to look forward to
Do you remember the night before Christmas when you were a kid? You couldn’t wait for morning because you vividly imagined what was waiting for you.
Are you looking forward to your future self like a kid on the night before Christmas?