How to Connect With Your Future Self

How to Connect With Your Future Self

There’s lots of talk, within the self-help and self-development arena, of “living in the moment” and of “being present”.

Which is great; because being mindful and being “here now” has been shown to provide many and massive benefits.

At the same time, however, there’s nothing wrong with reflecting on the past, to learn, and thinking to the future, to plan.

In fact, they’re both necessary and healthy.

Which is why I’m sharing this great article, from by Benjamin Hardy, about connecting with your future self …

The whole field of psychology is being flipped upside-down on its head. For more than a century, the majority of research and theories held to the dogma that as people, we were the byproduct of our past. 

However, the recent research in positive psychology and neuroscience is proving the opposite. It’s not the past that drives us, but rather, it is the future that pulls us.

As human beings, we have the unique ability of being able to imagine countless future scenarios for ourselves. We can imagine staying in our current job, or leaving the country, or starting a business, or millions of other potentials–what psychologists call “prospects.”

Despite having countless future potentials, our present is ultimately pulled forward by the future we’re most committed to. As leadership experts Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Klemp state, “Commitment is a statement of what is. You can know what you’re committed to by your results, not by what you say your commitments are. We are all committed. We are all producing results. The result is proof of a commitment.”

We all have what is known as a “default future.” This default future is what you’re committed to, as a person. It’s not what you hope will happen. It’s what you’ve already decided and fully expect will happen. 

This is true of you, the reader…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE