Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Our "Alternative Selves"


Over the weekend, we dug into a fantastic book titled "Handbook of Motivation Science," and had an epiphany. For a people that are obsessed with progress and creating the best lives possible for ourselves and others, what we read should have been obvious.

We've written, lectured and counseled individuals on how they can close the gap between where they are and where they want to be in order to create a better life, but what we read hit us at our core and invigorated and inspired us even further. Hopefully it has the same effect on you.

The concept we read about was around "alternative selves." It's the idea that the "future you" has not been determined, and there is an unlimited number of versions of yourself that could come to fruition. Not just a slightly healthier, compassionate or financially secure version of yourself, but a radically different you.

This is probably one of the most important realizations you could ever have. Who you are right now may be the same person you are tomorrow, or next week, next year or even next decade ... or this "future you" can be someone completely different. It can be difficult to imagine a better alternative self if you feel stuck or are unhappy with your job, health, finances or relationships. But, regardless of your present situation, there are a vast number of "potential you's" out there waiting to come forward. And here's the gift. It doesn't matter how old you are, what you've previously experienced (or suffered), or who you are today, the future is both created and negotiated.

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