Have you ever wished you could rewrite your past? If given the chance, what would you change about yourself? Perhaps you’re content with your present, or maybe there are memories too painful to revisit. For many, the answer is a resounding “yes.” We’ve all made decisions we regret, be it in relationships, family matters, education, or finances. So, can we truly alter our past?
It might sound unconventional, but I propose that we redefine our past as our current moment, seen through the lens of our future self. We yearn to relive moments, reconnect with loved ones, and rectify mistakes. We reflect on missed opportunities with family or wish we’d put in more effort during our studies. While we can’t change what’s already occurred, we can shape what lies ahead.
Close your eyes and envision the life you aspire to lead. Picture the joys of family, the comforts of home, financial security, and a peaceful retirement. As our thoughts become more vivid, we’ll feel the warmth of our surroundings, hear the laughter of our children, and witness the beauty of nature outside our window. By convincing our minds that we’re living in that very moment, we can start strategizing how to reach that point. In this instant, our present selves become the living records of our imaginative journey.
This perspective offers a fresh outlook on life. We harness the power of imagination, immersing ourselves in our perfect life, and utilize our present to propel us towards it. As we grow accustomed to this mindset, our self-perception transforms. We adopt a more positive outlook and maintain a steady drive, knowing that a radiant future awaits us. This technique is particularly effective, as motivation serves as a powerful force propelling us toward our goals, and a constant reminder that our bright future is within reach.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be – Lao Tzu