How we cheat ourselves of the future we dream of

I’m betting you aspire to a future life that is at least a little bit better than it is now—perhaps you’ll be a bit healthier, less stressed, more content. You’re working towards a future in which you have achieved certain goals or milestones.

What we don’t always realize (or fully acknowledge) is that the choices we make today, the actions we do or do not take, are actually creating that future. For better or worse.  Let’s make sure that Future You doesn’t look back at today’s choices with regret.

Key Takeaways

  1. Stop waiting for the “perfect time” to start working towards your goals – resolve to begin today.
  2. Remember that obstacles and challenges are part of life’s fabric, not temporary disruptions. Learn to progress despite them.
  3. Be aware of how often you prioritize others’ needs over your own goals and the impact this may have on your life’s trajectory.
  4. Commit to taking action, even if you’re unsure of the perfect first step. Action often leads to clarity.
  5. Be willing to tolerate the discomfort of developing new skills or habits, rather than avoiding it and deferring your progress.
  6. It’s important not to just visualize your end goal, but also the daily effort required to achieve it.


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