I want to have it future self-journaling. Ah, many of you may have the diary clues that I put together. Many of you have asked me questions about journaling, so I wanted to make a short article about this and how to do it.
So future self-journaling.
What is it? It is customary to write and envision a new future for yourself. So, how do you want to be in the future?
What do you want to see changed? This is a way to literally make time for your future, whether in the morning or evening. Think about doing that and maybe putting it down on paper; this can be incredibly helpful.
Every time you sit there with your journal and envision this new future self, what you do at the brain level is you fire new neurons, new connections that you expect a future self.
The brain does not know the difference between what is real or what is imagined or imagined.
So in those moments, according to your brain, you are that new person by thinking those new thoughts by maybe making yourself feel in a new way. You can imagine yourself acting on a new path at that moment of writing. Your mind knows not that you are doing that or not.
That means as I said, allowing your brain to kick-start these new networks that will start now because you have taken the time to think about it and be aware of these changes that you want to see for yourself.
That makes you even more likely to go out and make those shifts and make those changes throughout the day.
Just the fact that we’ve talked or thought about something in this very conscious way, that we do when we’re right in the diary, brings us to consciousness.
The act of writing may help us break those old habits. Remember, those of you who have been following me for a while know that the power of the subconscious mind is enormous. I go on and on about the power of the subconscious. That is our ordinary mind.
So, every time we want to make a new choice, we develop a new habit.
We must be aware of ourselves.
So, this is a great way to build on that in at least 5-10 minutes, however long it takes to write this page of journaling about being aware of our future.
And then, as I said, that increases the chances of you taking that awareness into the day when you can start thinking these new thoughts and be these unique ways. So, we’ll go through with it.
But I wanted to show you the first three with an example.
So today we’re going to think about what we want to change, a great example.
And I know many of you struggle with this. I know I’ve done it myself. Maybe you define yourself. I know I did. That’s too analytical.
I’m always on my mind. I always think. Obviously, there have been enough negative consequences that I’m thinking about changing this. So today, I will focus on my pattern of being. I’m going to overwrite that analytical thinking.
Then I take a moment and think about some of the things I’m grateful for.
This is an essential part of the process because what is so powerful is when we think in a new way.
And then we link that to a new feeling.
So while gratitude may not be connected, I feel good about what it would be like to be less analytical, say it’s a good start, and I say a start because it sounds simple. It’s hard.
It’s hard to evoke a feeling in ourselves, especially when we typically, you know, experience something that isn’t great.
That’s stressed or anxious or depressed, right?
If that’s our general condition, it’s hard for some of us to create a new feeling.
So many of you, I’m convinced, you may have even practiced gratitude practice or heard of it. What helps is that when you evoke the feeling of gratitude and listen, you know, 123 things you are grateful for. It can be straightforward.
It could be your comfy bed you just got out of, something straightforward to be thankful for.
But if you couple that with a physiological feeling, you’re changing your body at that moment. You are changing the chemicals. If you want to associate with gratitude, the substances will be very different from the stress chemicals of cortisol and all the chemicals if you’re “again.” over-analytical, which you guys have far too much of.
So, I’m going to list a few things that I’m grateful for. So, I am thankful for my comfortable bed. I am thankful for that. I have the rest of the day to choose what I want to do today, okay? And I feel that gratitude for the three qualities of a future self.
I have three options. How would I describe myself if I could imagine being less overly analytical? I could perhaps describe myself as grounded, present, or non-reactive because I overreact and like to overthink.
Plus, this now allows me to imagine what other changes would come if I were less analytical, right?
Then I could take a moment and the rest of the promise to walk you through this ritual to consider how I can start practicing this in my time because this is the crucial part.
This is one thing.
And as I said before, there are benefits in sitting down and thinking about this future person and writing it down, consciously bringing it to my attention.
However, what is crucial for change is that I am aware of myself all day long, that I am taking those small steps.
So, whatever it takes to be less over-analytical, right? I am less lost in thought. Um, or first, I’m more mindful of my thoughts unless I’m caught up in my thoughts, right? I choose to focus my attention on what is happening before me, right?
They could be ways to practice being less overly analytical in my time.
So, the important thing is that I practice it, like I said, with future self-journaling, which is a really great tool.
It’s a great time to envision a future self-image according to our minds and bodies because that future person who keeps a journal will improve faster when you go out and practice these things.
You need a starting point of at least a month. Focused on one pattern for at least a month. Concentrate on the things you are grateful for to focus on the new traits. Then you focus on how I will perform as this new person.
Do that for a month, maybe more. Do that until you start to feel and see those changes throughout the day. So, like I said, those of you who do future self-journaling, I’d love to hear how it goes.
Many people find this really impactful.
So, I’d love to hear from some of you to see what you think, especially from those interested in future self-journaling.
So, thanks, guys, for tuning in.