The Daily Challenge: The Best Version of You

 

"The power of positive thinking is remarkable" - Brian Tracy

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The Best You.

Time to Read: 3 Mins

Our goals can sometimes appear challenging to achieve, but research suggests that spending time focusing on the best possible future, rather than the journey, can help you stay more optimistic and motivated while you work towards your goal.

Today, imagine your future self with the best possible outcomes in mind - this is called the “Best Possible Self” -exercise and it’s commonly used in management training and by psychologists to help develop a sense of our best selves and increase future potential.

Studies have found that imagining the best possible future for ourselves everydayfor a two week period increased participants positive emotions, happiness levels, feelings of optimism and improved expectations of the future.

By imagining what your best possible future would look like, you can learn about yourself and what you want. As a result, you will be better positioned to imagine your ideal future, reach your goals and increase your sense of control.

Today, take a moment to imagine what your ideal future would look like.

Step 1. Start the “Best Possible Self” exercise by imagining where you will be in a specific time frame, for example 1 year, 3 or 5 years. Consider all aspects of your life: career, family, health, etc. It is encouraged that you focus only on the future outcome rather than any obstacles that might be a hindrance along the way.

Step 2. Make a list of your goals for the different aspects or your life i.e,. career, family, health etc. Try to be as specific and detailed as possible about what an ideal future situation for each aspect would look like.

Step 3. Be as creative as you like - this plan is for your eyes only! Don’t worry about spelling or grammar.


Pro Tip: For a lasting change to your mindset, try doing this exercise everyday for two weeks or more.


Resources: 

Best Possible Self (Greater Good in Action UC Berkeley)
What is Your Best Possible Self? (Psychology Today)
Transform Your Life With The Power Of Positive Thinking (Brian Tracy)


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