Your new future now
We spend much of our time thinking in the past; sometimes we
dare to think into the future, and then we find so many reasons
(more thoughts) to prevent us moving towards the future we desire.
We "what if" we fear, we doubt, we deny!
Few spend their time in the present moment. And yet each moment
of now is all we have.
What if you were to spend that moment of now visualising a future,
writing the new story for your new life, instead of constantly reliving
a story of the past that is now gone?
Here is but one fun way to imagine a new future now.
Draw your future
Envisioning your new future
Take time - say half an hour - a pad and a pen (or some colour pens) and do this activity.
What visions come to mind when you ask the following questions ? Take your time to allow images and ideas and thoughts to come to mind. Even although the questions are asked in visual terms, you may not always “see” the answers but just know them, feel them, think them, sense them, even smell them! So let your answers come in their own way.
What vision comes to mind when you imagine a healthy, vibrant, YOU?
Sometimes it helps to compare and contrast – the old ie your health now and the new ie the you you visualise when healed, healthy, whole and complete even if you live with a permanent disability eg loss of a limb.
Old New Image
Breathlessness I am breathing easily and fully
Overweight I am the perfect weight for me, I am slim and trim
Hampered mobility I move pain-free with ease
Tired, lethargic I have boundless energy, I glow, I feel passionate
I live with fear I am open, positive, hopeful, outgoing
Your version Your vision of your new future (be creative)
What vision comes to mind when you imagine your healthy, vibrant, empowered life?
Life is dull and restricted I go where I please, life is joyful (write/draw examples)
Can’t do my hobbies I sing, dance, garden, swim, meet friends
What’s the point? I live on purpose (state it!)
I am always having medical appointments I only now have regular check ups
Can’t go on holiday I now enjoy leisure breaks (give examples)
I don’t get out much My social circle keeps on growing (draw examples)
My finances are limited I am financially sound and abundant (write out what this means)
I hate where I live I now have a new home in the perfect location
Your version Your vision of your new future (no limitations!)
Each day, focus only on THE NEW – act as if it is happening right now, keep visualising it, notice opportunities, even small ones. Feel what it is like when you imagine the new.
Remember, the thoughts that got you into the old, the present situation, formed over many years so simply by visualising and thinking about and feeling the new will not mean an instant miracle! Old habits will keep trying to replay. So STOP and SWITCH – say “STOP” when you catch yourself doing the old, and focus on the NEW!
Plant a seed, and it takes time for the shoot to appear, and even more time for the flower or the plant to appear.