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    Meet the Future You

    By Stuart Goldsmith,

    Imagine walking into a room and meeting the 'you' of ten years from now. What will

    you be wearing? Where will you be living? What will your lifestyle be like? What carwill you be driving? Will you be running a business? If so, how successful will you be?What will your net worth be?

    You really only have three choices here about how the you of the future will look,and this is where the power of this exercise lies:

    1. Somewhere in between how you are now, and a depressed, broke and

    scruffy tramp.

    2. An exact clone of how you are now - absolutely nothing has changed in a

    decade.

    3. A happier, wealthier, healthier version of the you of today.

    Only a suicidal depressive would visualize number one. Number two is effectivelysaying that nothing will change; you will not grow over the next ten years, you willnot get richer, happier, wiser, healthier - anything. The 'you of tomorrow' will beindistinguishable from the 'you of today.'

    So that just leaves number three, and if you selected this it remains for you to backthis glittering vision of the 'future you' with all the force of your imagination.

    Having imagined how you will be in the next ten years, here is a really neat trick to

    help you achieve it.

    Ask yourself the fllowing questions:

    What do I need to achieve in the next 12 months in order to make my future dreama reality?

    What do I need to do in the next month to start myself on this journey?

    What can I do by next week to prepare myself for the journey?

    What can I do right now, today, in order to start this process off? Do you see how

    this works?

    You need to dream, but this is not enough. Dreams come a size too large so that youcan grow into them and this means that dreams are too large to realize all at once.Our minds are finite, and so all large projects must be broken down into bite-sizedchunks otherwise we become discouraged by the scale of the endeavor. This is one ofthe secret keys of successful people. They are undaunted by large projects, becausethey have the knack of breaking them down into simple steps. Each step is easilymanageable, and can be completed in anything from a few hours to a few weeks.

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    In contrast, it is useful to analyze the situation of people who are stuck, bothmonetarily and in spirit, if only to allow you to avoid these errors. This is based onmy experience of two decades of dealing with both winnrs and temporary losers inthe game of life.

    1. They are frightened. Their lives are dominated by fear. They see the world as a

    scary, threatening place and crave security, dullness, mediocrity. They long for everyday to be the same as the last and become scared and upset if even a small changebreaks the monotony of their days.

    2. They completely lack visualization ability. If asked to visualize their futureself, they would stare at you blankly. They are not pretending. They do not evenunderstand what you mean by this exercise. If you force them to try, theyll comeback with nothing more than a shrug.

    3. Assuming that you could drag some sort of dream out of them (for examplewanting to be worth a million dollars some day) then they would be wholly incapableof working backwards from that point to the present, and suggesting actions they

    might have to take in order to make this come about. Again, they are not faking.There is now; there is the future; and in between, a yawning, fathomless chasm - ablank.

    4. Even if you were to write the steps out, 1-100, with a check box next to eachone, they absolutely lack the discipline even to start on the task, let alone completethe steps. At the first slight downfall, or negative comment from a frind, they willgive up. In any situation which requires a choice between working for a better future,and instant gratification now, they will unfailingly choose instant gratification.

    But this is not you, hopefully. If you recognize yourself here, then don't worrybecause it is possible to change and get out of this 'stuck' pattern you are in.

    You need to develop the habits of a winnr. You want to enjoy today, but have aneven better tomorrow waiting for you.

    To do this you must model yourself on winnrs - people who have achieved greatthings in their lives. I am talking here about 'winnrs' and 'losers' but I do not meanthe term 'loser' in the usual derogatory sense.

    By a 'loser' I mean someone who, by their own definition of winn*ng and losing, isfalling well short of where they want to be. By a 'winnr' I mean someone who, bytheir own definition of winn*ng and losing, is pulling ahead of the game andachieving that which they set out to achieve.

    This is how a winner operates:

    1. They are brave. Like all human beings they feel fear, but have mastered it andare able to rise above it. Whilst they acknowledge that there are frightening peopleand places in the world, in general they view the world as a benevolent place, full ofgreat opportunities and wonderful people. This is a vital principle. Winnrs view theworld as mainly benevolent with some bad bits. Losers see the world as mainlymalevolent with some good bits.

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    2. They are good visualizers. They have the ability to imagine the future, often inglorious Technicolor detail. They have high self-esteem, and know that they areworth more than they have at present. Life to them is an exciting adventure to belived to the full. In contrast, losers view life as a terrible chore to be somehow 'gotthrough' with as little pain as possible.

    3. They are intelligent, rational and logical. If they have a dream of the future,they know the secret technique for making this happen. Today's dreams aretomorrow's realities. They know that large projects cannot be tackled by finitehuman minds unless they are broken down into manageable, bite-sized pieces. Theyare able to work backwards from a future dream to the present day, and to lis*t thelogical steps required to make that dream come true.

    4. Having written down the steps required to achieve their goals, they knowwhat is required next. Action. Up until this point, all of their plans amount to littlemore than ethereal ht air. It is action which grounds the circuit and allows thecurrent to flow. They know that the journey will be long and hard. Any worthwhiledream will involve hard work, concentrated effort and some suffering to attain. Theyneed one more quality. Discipline. This keeps them going during setbacks, when theli*st seems too long, and when others heap mirth and derision upon their efforts.