Time to read: A little over one minute to read the newsletter. Maybe 4 minutes if you actually do the exercise.
Before you read any further, please do a quick exercise.
For two minutes, tell a story about the thing that has been on your mind the most in the past two weeks. (You can tell the story out loud or in your head.)
Go ahead. I'll wait.
Now, take a quick inventory of the story you just told. What was the energy? What are a few key words from the story?
Got it? Great.
Now you're going to learn something cool. I heard a concept recently that completely blew my mind and of course, I immediately thought of sharing it with you!
It is this:
Your reality is not created by your past. Your reality is created by your future.
What?! Doesn't it make sense that your current reality is created by a combination of events from the past? Like your parents who told you you could be anything you wanted? Or your competition with your older brother? Or the teacher who told you you weren't smart enough for advanced math? Or that time you got fired?
Try this on instead. You have a million and one possible futures. You can probably envision a thousand potential futures. You are aligned around a potential future right now, and it may or may not be the future you actually want.
Here are examples to help this make sense:
- Imagine you are dealing with family issues which have left you angry and exhausted. When you talk about the future you want, that future is full of connection, peace and home. However, the future you are currently aligned around is filled with judgment, blame and depletion.
- Now imagine you are making a huge life change. It's scary, and you're excited and motivated and relishing the thrill of the mystery and discovery inherent in the unknown. You are aligned around a future full of possibility.
Do you see the difference?
Now imagine the future you want. Where are you? What are you doing? How can you dream that future to be even bigger? Bolder? More vibrant? More alive?
Think back to the story you told a minute ago. What future are you aligned around right now? Is it the future you want? If it is, great! Keep going. If it's not, what do you need to change to align yourself and your life right now around the future you do want?
This exercise will help you get closer to the future you want by creating that future starting right now.
I'd love to hear what you discover in this exercise. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me all about it.
With rebel love,
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