In this article, I’m going to talk to you about how I view each New Year and how my counterintuitive thinking has helped me through a lot of hardships throughout my life and my career.
If you’re into the self-help type of books like I am, you have probably heard of The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
When this book was released it caused a tidal wave of influence as he brought forward great wisdom through quotes such as:
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life”
This made people realize the importance of the present and stop living in the future.
Here’s where I part ways with this ideology (despite many people in my life trying to tell me otherwise).
I agree with that idea within certain contexts, but, I personally find tons of motivation and power in living my life towards a future vision.
Being drawn to a future I love will not make me forget the present moment.
You can have both.
You can choose to be happy now, while also striving to achieve your future vision with all of your energy, creativity, and fire.
Looking Towards A New Future
Having future goals that are meaningful and inspiring to us helps us push through the challenges we are currently facing in the present.
When you have something to look forward to it gives your life spiritual depth and explains the “why” behind all of the actions you’re taking in the present.
Furthermore, having a vision of the future we want to live in will certainly drive us to complete any unfinished work that’s in front of us.
We know our “why” which allows us to bear any of the “how” that it is going to take to get us there.
We create power in our lives when we create a context we need to live up to in order to realize the vision we have for the future.
A Little Bit About Me…
An example from everything I am talking about could be brought from a goal my wife, Kristin, and I have.
We have a goal of purchasing a second home in the southern United States and spending our winters there.
Having that goal and being excited about it together, as well as other goals like traveling together, helps keep our marriage strong.
Fighting for our future keeps us united no matter what little thing we may disagree about in the present.
When you look at the science of relationships, study after study demonstrates that money worries and disagreements as a major factor in divorce.
But, I think it is safe to say that money is the symptom and not the real root cause of the problems.
Couples drift apart over time, but, happy and united couples who are excited about a future they’re building together will always remain strong.
Kristin and I love to travel (as you have probably seen if you follow any of my social media accounts), and we continue to talk about all of the trips we want to take in the future.
Being excited about those trips doesn’t mean we ignore the present moment together, in fact, I would go as far as to say that the excitement about these future trips allows us to be even happier in the present moment.
Health And Fitness Works This Way Too
In our industry, we know for sure that creating a “why” behind our goals is crucial for success.
For example, losing a few pounds just for the sake of losing them isn’t that exciting.
But, the thought of looking amazing in a wedding dress or feeling super confident on the beach gives us all the “why” we would ever need in order to endure the “how” that it takes to get us there.
Creating a future and setting future goals is how you live your life by design rather than by default.
If you don’t have a vision life will “just happen” and you end up spending your time and energy on things that don’t truly make you happy.
If you live too much in the present you run the risk of reacting to what you don’t want rather than creating what you do want.
What areas of your life have run dry?
Whatever it is, escape the mundane present and reignite your passion for life by creating a future that excites you.
Sit down and write out your vision with extreme clarity.
What are you most excited about in 2020?
What are you looking forward to in your health, relationships, and business progression?
What do you need to change today to create a better future for yourself?
Your “why” is hidden in the depths of your future, you should look there more often.
Identify that “why”, and enjoy the hell out of the journey along the way.