How Being a Future Focused Individual will Transform Your Life

One of the most positive traits I have that's allowed me to create ideal outcomes is my ability to focus on the future.  I took a personality assessment once which identified one of my strengths as "futuristic."   Here's the synopsis of someone who's strength is futuristic:

The future fascinates you. As if it were projected on the wall, you see in detail what the future might hold, and this detailed picture keeps pulling you forward, into tomorrow. While the exact content of the picture will depend on your other strengths and interests, it will always be inspirational to you. You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be and who cherishes those visions. When the present proves too frustrating and the people around you too pragmatic, you conjure up your visions of the future and they energize you. 

Fantasizing about the future is my favorite thing to do. In the beginning, I daydreamed about the future partially as an escape mechanism.  But once I learned how to harness the power of future-based thinking, I used it as a life transformation tool.  

Whenever things aren't going well for me, I know that one or both of these are the culprit.
1. I'm thinking about and focusing too much on the past.
2. I'm thinking about and focusing on the present situation. 

If I give too much mental attention on the past or current circumstances, I know my mind isn't in the right place.  I have no ability to change the past so it makes no sense to spend too much time reflecting on it.  I can change the current circumstances but ONLY if I focus on altering it and creating a new future.  Sometimes it's hard to snap out of a current pattern of thinking.  But I know it's absolutely necessary otherwise things will continue to remain the same. 

I understand that NEW ACTION breeds NEW RESULTS.  But new actions are hard to execute if your thinking isn't aligned.   It's not easy to see solutions when problems take center stage.  They take over your mind.  They keep you locked into your current situation.  There's only one way out and that's to follow the path to freedom.  What you don't want to do is to give the present situation even more power by focusing on it.

There's a book called The Three Laws of Performance.  In it, they introduce a concept called future-based language.   Future based language is a tool we can use to "rewrite the future."  It's when we talk about how a situation will be versus how it currently is. When using future based language, we talk in specifics. We use our words to paint a clear picture.  The clearer it is, the more believable.  Once we've imagined the new future, we work to make it a reality.  If we don't envision this new future, we'll find ourselves living in a default future. The default future is the one we're creating based on our current actions.  If we stay in a negative mindset, we create an undesirable default future.  

I like to think of future based language as talking about what you want versus talking about "what is" or "what you don't want."  If using future based language isn't something part of your normal behavior I invite you to start building this habit.

One new habit I'd like to cultivate is future based action.  Meaning, I want to align most of my action with the future I want to create.  I don't want to keep doing the same things that caused my current situation.  Future based action is a step up from using future based language.  It'll transform the situation at such a rapid pace.  Which is why future based actions need to be a priority.  There are future based actions I can do right now that can instantly create different trajectory for my immediate future.    That's where I want to spend most of my time.

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