Close your eyes and frame your mindset to a world where you have no limitations. Imagine your best self in that world. Ask yourself a few questions. As my best self, what types of people are in my life? What is my career? How am I spending my free time? What thoughts are going through my head?
Document Your Best Self
Now that you’ve started to visualize who this person is, I encourage you to write down a day in the life of your best self. Write this story in the present tense, as if it’s already happening. This will condition your brain to recognize this best self as your true self.
Some questions to get you started:
- What do you do when you wake up in the morning?
- Do you have a morning routine?
- Do you exercise?
- What does your nutrition look like?
- What job or career do you have?
- How long do you work everyday?
- Do you take risks?
- Are you continuously learning new things?
- Are you traveling?
- How often do you help others or bring value to them?
- How much sleep are you getting?
Take some time and really detail out this person’s (your) day.
Excerpt from ‘A Day in the Life of Megatron’
This is an excerpt from a day in the life of my best self. I read my story at the start of every day and continue to make updates to areas where I want to improve. I have even given the story its own persona. I call this person, Megatron. She is strong, confident, takes risks, and lives a life she loves.
“To start off my day, I wake up with the sunrise after getting a solid 8 hours of sleep. I take time to meditate before starting my morning routine. I make a balanced homemade breakfast and write down what I’m grateful for while drinking my morning tea. I look over my life goals and think about what I will do today to take steps in achieving them. I am feeling relaxed and my mind is clear, ready for a successful and productive day!
I am confident in myself, my design work, my abilities, and the skills I possess. I am mentally strong and can make it through any challenge presented to me…”
Compare Your Story
After you’re done writing, compare this story to a day from this past week. How does this best self differ? How are they the same?
If they are different in any way, what is holding you back from being your best self?
When I wrote down a day in the life of Megatron, there were areas of my life that were drastically different. I asked myself… “Why don’t I take the time to implement a morning routine? Why aren’t I grateful for everything I am given? Why am I not doing what I love everyday?”
I couldn’t come up with a good answer to any of those questions other than, “The only thing holding me back is myself.” If I wanted to be the best me, I needed to take action. I couldn’t expect anyone else to do them for me.
Time to Take Action
Now that you’ve identified gaps between your best self and how you live today, take some time to identify small, incremental changes you can make to close those gaps. I challenge you to read a day in the life of your best self every day as part of your morning routine. Read it, believe it, and you will become it!
At the end of each day, reflect on your progress. Understand that we are all human and you won’t be perfect everyday. The key is to recognize where you can improve and take action towards those areas of your life.
Continue to update and revise your best self. As you reach goals, set new ones, strive for greater things, and let no one stand in your way. As time goes on, you will become a better you than you can even imagine today. Your best self is already inside you, waiting to enter the world!