Last week in Mid-Life Muse I touched on creating a future. This week I’d like to chat about creating a future from the future.
It may appear to be pointing out the obvious, but the future is in the future and not the past.
Life is just getting started for me. I’m currently writing the next chapter of my story with a future focus.
This past weekend my Grandma Maggie would have celebrated her 100th birthday. She missed the milestone by only 2 years. I turn 50 years young this March. By her standard, I have another 50 to live!
I wonder what occupied her mind when she turned 50 years? I know she was willing to try new things.
Grandma Maggie took up golf in her 50s. She wanted to spend time with my Grandpa, who had just retired. Eventually her golf game was so good that my Grandpa wouldn’t play with her anymore. That didn’t stop her from joining several golf clubs and earning numerous awards!
She was spunky. No grass grew under her feet. She worked on her swing into her late 80s.
Like my Grandma, no grass will grow under my feet. I am capable of learning new things at any age. I might just have to pick up golf.
You are either creating from your past or your future.
How do you experience your future? This isn’t a trick question.
Your future is experienced now in your thoughts. The same is true for experiencing your past. You can believe ANYTHING you want about your future and your past. LET THAT SINK IN!
I am surprised to learn just how many people are viewing their future through past experiences. Even worse, most are totally unaware of the thoughts influencing your future.
Who are you? Where do you go to answer that question? Does past experiences shape your identity?
The first step is to get curious about your thoughts concerning your life. Then notice if the thoughts are based on the past or the future.
Do you notice that you relive past experiences? Is it possible that you allow those stories to dictate your future? Wether or not you are aware, you mind finds evidence to support what ever you choose to believe about your past and future.
You have a choice to create a future based on past experiences, or based on a dream you create into existence. Granted, some past experiences can be built upon. Just be aware what is serving you.
A couple things to keep in mind…
First of all, success does not have an expiration date. Do not use your age as an excuse.
Secondly, your life is not on auto pilot. You are the author of your story.
Choose your thoughts… choose your future identity.
- Were you a horrible student? You can choose to believe you are capable of learning something new.
- Have you always been overweight? You can choose to believe it’s possible to loose weight and be healthy.
- Have you been irresponsible with money? You can choose to respect money and learn how to budget.
- Do you think you are too old to run a marathon? Find examples of people who ran a marathon in their 90s.
There are plenty of examples of people who overcame similar circumstances and limiting beliefs!
I have a ton of new beliefs about my future self! In the past I avoided exercise. Now, I am a girl who loves exercise. I was a horrible student. Now, I love learning new skills. Heck, I figured out how to change my website server last week!!! I might have to believe I am techy!!!
Chart new territory
Mid-life is a blank slate to write on!
Now is the time to create. It’s time to decide what you want to believe. The title of your next chapter is yet to be written.
Start writing on your blank slate as if you were embarking on a new adventure. You are going to uncharted territory. As the author, you can also be the editor. Only pack thoughts that are useful for your future. Delete the thoughts that don’t serve you.
On your journey you will experience difficulties and unforeseen challenges. You have lived through enough to know you can handle it. Believe anything can be figured out. 😉
Test your focus
Here’s a little test. Keep a log of all your thoughts throughout the day. What percentage of the thoughts you think are based on the past? What percentage of the thoughts serve you today?
Are you feeling hopeful of the future? If not, what exactly are the thoughts you think about your future?
The power of our thoughts to create our future is mind-blowing. It is literally my favorite subject to talk about. I’d love the opportunity to help you write the next chapter of your story.
I believe you can create a life on your terms by becoming future focused.
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And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!