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Acting from your future self

Do you set your goals based on your past achievements?

How do you feel when you set a goal on something you have not done before?

For many of us, our past achievements are playing a key role in building our future. Those past experiences are built upon the beliefs that we have been inherited from our parents, from other people who have been an inspiration to us, our one-on-one experiences at school, at work, and in our relationships and in life in general. When it comes to set goals, create a vision for our future, we first look at our past, consider what we have done so far, compare it to what we want to achieve and decide if we can do it or not.

If our new goal is similar to what we have achieved before, we believe we can achieve it. If we cannot find any evidence from our past to prove that we can achieve our new goal, then we don’t believe we can do that. This is why people who have pursued an educational and corporate career find it almost impossible to start their own business and vice versa. 

The reason behind this is fear. When people set themselves a “crazy” or and unusual goal, fear of uncertainty holds them back. It is because they are so much focused on their past and their past is not giving them the evidence to believe that they can achieve it. Even more so, they create new evidence for them not to set that “crazy” goal. They create evidence saying why they should not go for it. They focus on skills that they lack, money that they don’t have, somebody else’s failures which could also happen to them, and so on. Eventually, they give up on setting that goal.

All those thinking through about their “crazy” goal happens in a couple of seconds and they make a decision.

Truth is, their beliefs about themselves are not allowing them to create a different future. Beliefs are the strongest forms of your thoughts. When you think a thought for a long period of time, it becomes a belief and you hardly question your beliefs. 

Achieving a “crazy” goal or an impossible-looking future becomes a possibility when you borrow thoughts from your future. Borrowing and thinking that thought long enough, you can create new beliefs for your future. It is like reverse engineering, you start analyzing the end product and understand how to design it from scratch.

This is how you move into your new, unexpected, impossible-looking self and create your “crazy” future.

What do you need to believe about yourself about achieving your “crazy” goal?

Which thought you can borrow from your future self?

Let me know your thoughts on this in the comment section below and share this post with people you believe they will benefit from.

Have a great day!

Ferruh Tumer

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