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With the new year finally here, it is easy to get caught up in the notion of setting resolutions. It is part of our culture, it’s almost expected.
However, the vast majority of folks with the best of intentions tend to fall off their resolutions by February…if not sooner. Interestingly, a recent episode of the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin suggested that some people who chose a word for the year 2020 (to represent their resolutions) completely forgot what the word was by December!
Therefore, instead of setting a resolution this year and then feeling defeated in a few months if you can’t keep up, let’s reframe our thoughts to future self.
Future self is envisioning what the future you would look, feel, and be like. In the case of a new year, you can project out 6 months or the entire year.
How will you feel in 6 or 12 months if you achieve XX? How will you be positively impacted if you make that change? Will you feel happier? More fulfilled?
What happens if you don’t achieve XX? Will you be disappointed in yourself? Will you wish you could go back in time and try again? Or maybe you’ll be content – and the goal that you once thought was super important was likely not the right goal for you?
Future self can be a powerful tool, especially if you’re interested in making a big change. And attempting this process can also be more forgiving if you stray from the path…just make sure to get back on it!
Remember – a little bit of progress is better than no progress.
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