It is an odd habit I picked up when I was 25. The first time I heard about it was during a transformational workshop I participated in 15 years ago. They taught us that there is a lot of power in declaring how you want your life to look, from the future.
It was explained to me that if we look at our lives through the lens of our past we are holding ourselves small.
We are limiting ourselves by what and who we’ve always been, which is wrong. The only true self is who you are now, today.
The rest of your personal history has no power over who you will be. Or as Eckhart Tolle says, “The past has no power in the Now.”
If that is true then, the future is what you make it.
But what if you create a road map? What if you declared your own future?
Some of the most powerful orators of our time did this in their most famous work.
John F Kennedy said, “ We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon…We choose to go to the Moon in this decade…”
The day he said that, putting a man on the moon, seemed highly unlikely to many. Impossible even. But then it happened.
So now, someone my age, who grew up knowing that men have walked on the moon, might miss the significance.
JFK declared from the future. He saw in his mind what he intended the future to be, so he declared it. As if it was already a fact.
Another example from a great leader, Martin Luther King, famously said, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop … I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land”
When he said, “I’ve seen the Promised Land…” he said it in the past tense. As if it were already a fact.
His confidence in his declaration gave hope to a nation that needed hope badly.
.Hope and confidence are very important. But declaring your own personal future is even more significant.
I won’t delve deeply here, into brain science and the placebo effect. But it’s widely accepted now by many people that you can trick your own subconscious.
Now, I make it a habit to get intentional about my future. By declaring what I want that future to be.
I do it in my journal and visualize my future.
Yes, it’s kinda like affirmations… nothing new.
But here is the key: Speak as if it’s already true. Speaking it and writing help you and your subconscious accepts it as a fact.
I am already that way.
I am a successful ….
My career is…
I enjoy having… in my life.
My relationship is….
I feel financially…
My family IS….
Go ahead, give it a try.