One of the best things you can do to build your joy and your impact as you go after your vision for a better world is to become better friends with your future self. This post shares some ideas for how to get started on this path through the practice of a daily meeting with your future self.
Taking even a few minutes a day to pause and connect your present self and your future self in a dialog is one of the most powerful ways to boost your joy and impact across all the areas of your life!
The "daily priming questions" on the left hand side of this sheet are what I use for my daily meeting with my future self. Download a copy for yourself, and check out the video for more on how to use this sheet. Even if you don't sit down and write out the answers to each of these questions each day, it can be powerful to take even a single one of these questions and pose it to yourself in your head as you set intentions for the day.
This is the sheet I use for planning my days--will share more about how I use this in a future post. A simple on ramp for getting started is in the three boxes at the bottom of the page. This is an invitation to connect with your best, future self in three key life domains each day: your energy (powerplant) your mission (impact) and your loved ones (joy).
One of the biggest issues people struggle with is how to actually implement a new practice as part of your daily routine. James Clear's book Atomic Habits is an outstanding resource on this. There's a whole post on this topic here--highlights are below. One key is to start with a small "right sized" behavior that is something you can commit to doing even on your worst days. And if you miss a day don't sweat it--just get started again the next day!
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These are the same materials we use with the social entrepreneurs in our accelerator program and the funders we coach one on one. The world has never been more in need of a new, greatest generation of change agents and that's why we're opening up free access to these materials to anyone who's ready to make use of them!