Future-You and NOW-You

I came across the great idea in Gretchen Rubin's book - Better Than Before (highly recommended for anyone who wants to change habits).

Gretchen makes the point, we waste time thinking about our future self, when we only have our NOW-Self to work with. We can actually neglect to do NOW important things, because we think our FUTURE-Self will get around to doing them.

Future-Brian will be a writer, a good husband, a strategic leader, a creative communicator, etc., etc., etc. 

Really! How is Future-Brian going to become that kind of person if NOW-Brian isn't working on those things. Good things do not appear from nowhere. They are the results of the choices we make to practice, learn, align, adjust, NOW.

To become your future self, yes you should envision what that future self looks like. Then you need to ACT TODAY in a way that is congruent with what you see in the future. I believe that is what Lawrence of Arabia is getting at with his quote.

So dream but dream dangerous dreams with your eyes open and with bold actions that make the dream a reality.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International