I learned once about the power of declaring your life from the future. It’s a bit woo woo, a bit law of attraction, if you visualize it – it will come kind of thinking.
I think there is more science to it than not. Nothing can happen until someone has imagined it first. You set a goal and then you work towards it. Imagine the difference of thinking, “I’d like to start a business.” Versus, “I will start a business.”
There is a different feel to a declaration. What I learned is that all of the choices you made in the past don’t dictate what you can be in the future. You can just say to yourself and the world, “This is how it is.” No matter what that is.
Many of my clients don’t see a way to homeownership as first time home buyers. They are overwhelmed with down payment, or fixing their credit. I can’t count the number of times I’ve sat down with someone and mapped out a plan to save money or pay down debt and raise their credit score high enough to qualify. I’ve learned how to guess which clients will make it happen one day and which won’t. All clients are overwhelmed and frustrated. A few though, look at me and tell me, “This is a lot but it’s going to happen.” Just the other day my friend and client told me, “I will buy a house in one year.” Maybe she realized it and maybe she didn’t but she just declared the future. She didn’t say, “I want to buy a house” or “I plan to buy a house.” She said, “I WILL” and I believe her.
The best examples I know of declaring something that, in the moment seemed ridiculous, come from our nation’s heros.
John F Kennedy declared in 10 years we will have a man on the moon.
“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”
The world thought he was crazy but we all know how that turned out. 8 years later, on July 20th, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the moon.
Martin Luther King said he had a dream.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Today, although our nation is still struggling, our schools and public places are not segregated. Our citizens know they can protest and stand up against injustice of all kinds.
Leaders know the power of speaking from the future as if it has already come to pass. Speak and think of your future with the conviction of fact. It is already that way. There is no question how it will turn out. That’s the power of declaration.