Self Fulfilling Prophecies: paint a picture of who you want to be in future years.
I don’t know how it happened but a number of years ago, I began to visualize what I would be like after years into the future. I must have spent so much time thinking about these ideas that they became “self fulfilling prophecies” somewhere in my mind.
Fast forward to my college years. On occasion while daydreaming, my consciousness was struck by the awareness that some of the things I had visualized years ago seemed to have become realities.
That finally led me to my version of the why. I must have been (unconscious to me) making decisions guided by those early pictures of myself all along. Do this… great. Don’t do that… I won’t get you closer to the picture.
The concept of “visualizing self fulfilling prophecies” became a playground for my thoughts.
I later read about the concept of “visualization” and realize that, on the long term, is what I had been doing. World class athletes can be heard using the process as they force their muscle memory to focus to visualize themselves through a perfect shot or perfect swim stroke.
The difference is that they are in the short term moment and I was in the years ahead period. The mind picture I paint for me was giving me cues for the next 10, 15, 20 years.
As a healthy living active adult, I still think about where I will be in 5, 10 years.
These concepts are real if you can find your way to use and trust them.
These thought provoking articles talk about the concept of visualizing as a self fulfilling prophecy in a much better way than I could.
What would your 90-year-old self tell you to change if it was talking to you today? written by Silvia Ascarelli for Market Watch.
Wake-Up Call: Write Your Obituary written by Marelisa Fabrega and published on Lifehack.org. Although it sounds a bit macabre, writing your own obituary in which you write down all of the things you wish you had done with your life can be an excellent wake-up call that can help you make important changes in your life.
- If I died today, would I die happy?
- Am I satisfied with the direction in which my life is headed?
- Am I happy with the legacy that I’m creating?
- What’s missing from my life?
- What do I need to do in order for my obituary to be “complete”?
Time as active adults to learn and pass along to your children and grandchildren. For those who “Get it” there will be a better life time ahead of them.