Do something today that your future self would thank you for.
These words came from my idol Elizabeth Gilbert this past week.
Words I found myself repeating all week especially when I was about to put something off or do something I might regret.
The simple task of deciding to make my bed before I leave for the day became a test to see if this really works. Hence I asked; “What would my future self feel that evening if the bed was made or unmade.”
Needless to say I made the bed.
Or if I wanted to grab for that extra piece of cake, “What would my future self feel like if I ate it”; I knew it would be happier and less annoyed.
I did not eat the extra piece.
This goes for exercise or taking time out to stretch.
It also works to stop you before you say something hurtful.
How would your future self feel after you said that thing.
This question also works really well with longer term goals. How would your future self thank you if you took the time each day to craft your CV… take a class… write… read for 30 minutes… ride that bike … meditate for 10 minutes… sign up for on-line dating… move house or country.
When you look ahead into the eyes of you in the future, there becomes no division between the now you and the future you.
That brief pause, may be just enough time for you to be able to reach your hand out to your future self and give her/him a high five.
This pause is an act of mindfulness.
It gives you a moment to reflect on what it is you truly want and what is best for you.
Your future self will thank you.
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