What do you think of when you think of writing?
I used to think of my bad grammar skills and poor punctuation. I immediately get images of being forced to sit at a desk to write about subjects I don't care about. It is pretty hard to write about things you can't connect with or aren't engaged by.
What if we wrote about something fun and exciting on a subject you are a world renowned expert on? What if there were no judgements on perfect punctuation or typos? That would be way cooler, right?!
Good news... you can start today! More good news... when you're done, you will most likely be more of an expert on a specific subject than you were when you started. Last good news... that subject is YOU and your future!
Ready to try? There is no barrier to starting this exercise as long as you have 10 minutes, pen & paper or laptop/tablet, and an open mind. (I actually think you could start this exercise with a pretty closed mind, and be pleasantly surprised with how much more open it was by the end)
The Best Possible Self exercise is simply jotting down what your imaginary future looks like if everything goes right. It can be sentences or shorthand. Punctuation doesn't matter. Length doesn't matter. Maybe it is detailed, maybe it's brief. It doesn't need to make sense to anyone except for you. Your 10 minute timer is set, right?
Welcome back. How was your experience? When you read over the list, are you filled with excitement and optimism? Are you surprised with what your future self values? If so, what are the reasons for valuing those things? Are you living a life today that will get you to your optimal future self?
This can be done once a week or month with surprising results. After all, how are you going to know yourself if you don't think about yourself. How are you going to get what you want out of life if you never stop to think about what you want out of life?
Bonus: At the end of this exercise, think of 3 pieces of advice that your future self would give you. Then take that advice! Your future self is one smart cookie ;)