Have you ever said or heard someone else say “If I could go back and talk to my younger self?”
Let’s turn this one around and take a walk into the future. I have written before about having a vision statement (How Is Your Vision?) and how powerful that visualization is to achieving our goals. Now, I want you to imagine your vision statement. It is a picture of where you are in your life, having achieved the goals you have established for yourself. In every facet of your life, you have accomplished those things that are important to you, and the associated feelings range from proud, comfortable, successful, relaxed, loved, and the list goes on and on.
Now I want you to take pen to paper and prepare to interview that person you see in this moment. One by one, I want you to discuss the goals that you established for yourself and how you were able to accomplish them. We joke sometimes about calling this counting backwards. The show starts at 8:00PM. It takes 30 minutes to get there. I need 30 minutes to shower and dress. We need to start getting ready at 7:00PM. The same is true of your goals.
- Ask the future you how you were able to retire comfortably.
- How were you able to grow that business to a degree that made it possible to sell it for an impressive sum of money?
- How were you able to add that many recurring customers over the course of ten years and keep them?
- How were you able to make that many connections to establish your reputation in the market?
- How were you able to identify those critical points of intersection that allowed you to build a thriving network?
- How did you brand yourself to create integrity in your product?
- How were you able to devote the time necessary to begin to learn a new skill?
- How did you get started?
If you follow this particular example, you see that it’s like having a conversation in reverse. Do this with each goal you have for yourself, and you’ll start to get far clearer on your goals and the steps necessary to map to that success. Write down the answers that your future self gives you, and you’re building a success map. BONUS: You’ll also start to get better acquainted with the person you are destined to become.
Consider this. There are six basic areas of your life. Make sure you have goals in all six areas and be prepared to discuss these with your future self:
- Health & Wellness
What a great way to move toward a new year! Set aside the time in the coming days to host these interviews. Write down the answers and start shaping those into goals with action plans. I’m working on some examples of each of these that I plan to share with you. In the meantime, feel free to share yours with me! I’d love to see and share some of your examples.
Who knows? They might even inspire someone else in their journey! Tomorrow Begins Today.