Sunday, March 8, 2009

Positive Visioning ... Making Up The Future

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I think at some point along the line, I probably "stole" this idea from John Milton Fogg. But, since I've been using it myself (and sharing it with others) for a couple of years now, I'm going to go ahead and serve up my own interpretation here in the following paragraphs.

Can you Predict the Future?



Seriously. Can we ever really say with 100% certainty what will happen a year from now? How about a month from now? A week? A day? A minute? Heck, when you get right down to it, do we honestly even know exactly what's going to happen 10 second from now?

Sure, most of us can make a pretty good guess about what we think the future will bring ... especially in the near term. But unless you're a clairvoyant who answered "yes" to the above questions, isn't it fair to say that when it come to forecasting our short term destinies ...

We're basically Making it All Up.



Are you with me so far? Can you accept the premise that essentially every single thing we think we "know" about our future, is, in truth, only a reality in our own heads?

We humans constantly attempt to predict the future; through the prism of our own unique past experiences. But here's the really sad part ... in making both short, and long term prognostications Too many of us Tend to Expect the Worst.

We stress and worry about things that Haven't Even Happened Yet.



Wow, how silly is that? Doesn't the past and present already supply us with more than enough (real or perceived) anxiety? Why should we expend any of our precious energy pestered by visions that exist only in our heads?

In fact, I'll take it one step further. If you believe my postulation that we're making it all up anyway, then doesn't it just make sense to use Positive Visioning?

If we're Making Up the Future Anyway, why not imagine Good Stuff?



I'm not saying we shouldn't have stress and worry in our lives. Just that we should try to do our best to save it for "real" (present tense) problems. When it comes to the future, I strongly suspect that it's much, much more productive to just go sit in front of your DreamBoard and try to conjure up the most amazing, fantastically great life that you can possibly Imagine.

Keep havin FuN!
Todd

5 comments:

  1. Hey Todd,
    Yet another great post of your approach to life. I'd be the first to admit that I worry too much. I need to find a better balance. That said, people that are "pollyanna" bother me. Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky. :) Steve, the I-need-more-balance trade show guru

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  2. Todd, you are the guru of life...that is why I've tagged you at http://www.thealmostmillionaire.com/what-is-a-meme/
    Peace brother, and don't hate me over this meme thing.

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  3. Hey Brandon,

    lol, no worries about the meme ... good timing actually ... I need to write a post sometime today or tomorrow ... let me go see what I've been "tagged" with.

    Thanks,
    Todd

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  4. Hi Steve,

    I agree, when it comes to short term predictions, we've gotta be somewhat realistic about the things we "make up".

    However, when it comes to the long term predictions ... no reason at all not to shoot for the stars! :-)

    Keep havin FuN!
    Todd

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  5. I agree! I always say to people who tell me it's "all in my head"...your point is? If my mind helps me to take a bad situation and make it into something that allows me to learn and grow...what's wrong with that? My mind is to me what tv is to most other folks. I can live dramas, comedies, hero movies or anything else I want to and it's interesting the things that happen externally when I've been imagining internally!

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