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Past and Future Visualizations -- Nah, I'll pass.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Today's SparkCoach lesson was about visualizing yourself in the past, and then in the future, and it's supposed to help you with motivation and help you keep your eyes on your goal.

I understand the point, but I don't particularly like playing time-traveler.

See, I have a toddler who lives life moment by moment. Although I know he makes memories and can anticipate fun events (he went to bed last night knowing that he was going to the Children's Museum today) he still seems to live very much in the NOW. I like this about him, and I prefer to live there with him.

I have long-term goals, but I don't usually plan them beyond one year. Too much can change in that year, and I don't want my self-worth wrapped up in whether or not I meet a particular milestone I've set for myself.

Plus, this life I live is only partly about me. My primary job right now is to keep my son alive and healthy. I'm his first teacher. His first dance instructor. His first art critic. Even his first horse, now that he's figured out he can climb on me and ride me around the house. (Sigh.)

I still have a self, and I still have personal and professional goals. I want to pass the ACE test and eventually get a real job managing a company's employee fitness program. I want to dance as long as I can, competing and teaching all over the country. I want to grow old with my hubby, and never look back and think "I should have done something else..."

And I want to run a marathon. But I can't put a time frame on that just yet.

The goal of the visualization is to have your future successful self give you advice on how to achieve that success, but I think I already have a plan. One day and one moment at a time. :)
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  • v GETULLY
    A great plan! Living in the moment is something we do not do. We plan "When I lose the last 5 lbs then .....!" I am trying to be more "as soon as I finish cleaning the sink I will ...."
    1100 days ago
  • v DANGEL117
    Much Agreed, 1 day 1 Moment at a time!!!! :o)
    1101 days ago
  • v WILDKAT781
    I agree with you!!! here is what I have as my status today

    'Fears over tomorrow and regrets over yesterday are twin thieves that rob us of the moment."

    I believe in living in the now- I think goals are important but you shouldn't dwell too much on the future or past
    1101 days ago
  • v GRACEOMALLEY
    I agree with you. The visualization can help to some extent, but the day you need to deal with is TODAY. The visualization may assist in setting goals and determining what you strive toward as a final outcome, but living right now, this minute, this hour, this day, in the best way you can is what actually gets you to those results.
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    1101 days ago
  • v RODGRODMEDFLOD
    Good that you have longer term goals and are looking at them healthily.

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    1101 days ago
  • v EMPRESSAMQ
    Great blog, thanks. Gave me something to think about.
    1101 days ago
  • v TAILORSMOM
    i agree !!!! sometimes its just hard getting through today !!!!

    one day at a time for me too!!!
    1101 days ago
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