Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky once said, “you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
Unfortunately for us, hockey is played in a small rink with a very well defined goal. Better still, only half the people on the rink are aiming for. In life the possibilities are endless and your distractions aren’t wearing the other teams jersey’s. If you don’t have a clearly defined goal for yourself you can waste a lot of time and energy shooting at distractions that will lead your further and further from the goal you actually want to reach.
Imagine how different your life would be if you had an image of your goal so deeply ingrained in your gut that you couldn’t help but maintain your focus on where you wanted to end up.
You would be living the life you truly want to live right now. Imagine what you could do if you were able to maintain your single minded focus on a single objective day in and day out, month after month, and year after year.
Visualization may be great for the hockey rink, but if falls embarrassingly short when it comes to the real world you live in. Out here you need to create a fully immersive experience that your head, heart and gut will follow no matter how large the distractions in your life loom.
This is what Future Mindfulness is all about.
Future Mindfulness goes beyond simply visualizing where you want to be. It creates a full 360 degree, all consuming experience of what you want for your life. This is the only way to break through the distractions of your life so that you can actually keep your resolutions and fulfill the promises you make to yourself and those around you.
In today’s world unless you fully impress what you want into your heart, brain, gut and mind you hardly stand a chance. Unless you go to this level of deep commitment you might as well throw your old visualizations out with the first distraction that will inevitably come along.
Similar to Present – Day Mindfulness, you use all of your senses to bring a calm sense of abiding into your world. This level of actualization is the only way to draw your brain away from the distractions the world throws at you every minute of every day. Future Mindfulness uses the power of a mindful exercise to do more than paint a picture of the goal you want to reach or the world you want to live in. It creates an emotional model for your mind and body to put itself into. And this is what will keep you focused on your objective no matter what the world throws at you.
Simply seeing what you want is like looking through a keyhole and then trying to describe the world on the other side of the door. Until you have had the chance to see, hear, smell, taste and touch what is out there, you will only have a tiny one-dimensional experience to draw from. When you try to set your goals like this you are just setting yourself up for failure. Visualization using only one sense to set your goals. Inevitably that one sense is never enough to maintain your focus when going up against today’s hourly news cycles, gigabyte downloads and minute-by-minute interruptions.
It is why so many resolutions are quickly forgotten once the new year takes off and why so many goals are left unfulfilled. Your brain and mind simply do not have a complete, 360 degree experience to follow. Now, ,just imagine what would happen if you opened up all six of your senses to create an experience so full, so real of the life you want to live. Instead of limiting your goal to a keyhole, you will open the door and allow your mind to step through the door.
Imagine how strongly you could imprint whatever it is you want to reach in your mind if you could see it, hear it, taste it, smell it, and physically feel it, as well as know exactly what emotions you would have within your heart once you actually arrived at your goal.
The foundation to working with Future Mindfulness is to rely on your sixth sense, your heart, and understand your emotions as they arise. When you witness the world that you will create be aware of the emotions that will run through your body, heart and mind and remember them. This is not the same as judging your emotions, it means to simply bear witness to them as they come up in the future that you are creating for yourself. Be aware of how you will feel.
Do more than simply acknowledge everything that comes in through your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and fingers. Feel the raw data as it enters your senses, then ask yourself how you will feel about it. Because until you understand how you will feel about it, you may as well fold it into a paper airplane and send it flying out the window.
Keep that emotional attachment alive as you move forward. This is being mindful of how you will feel about your future.
Tell your mind about the joy, the excitement, the unbridled happiness and the sheer pleasure you will experience when you get there. This is what will make a lasting impression and ensure your brain and mind do not forget what you are aiming for.
Future Mindfulness applies all six senses to ensure that every part of you is aligned on what you want to see, hear, smell, taste, touch and yes how you will feel about it in the future. That idea will be so deeply entrenched in your future reality that you will not be able to do anything else but achieve whatever it is you set your entire being to.
Future Mindfulness is about creating such a powerful experience for yourself on every level, physically, mentally and spiritually, that it will become real. Once ingrained you will no longer be distracted by those things that have prevented you from reaching your destinations in the past.
So don’t just resolve to lose ten pounds or to find the love of your life by simply visualizing what you want. Take the time to scroll through all of your six senses and truly feel what it will be like once you have achieved your resolution or your goal.
As a Whole Life Coach I can help you do more than just dream about what you want. I can help you turn your dreams into reality so that you can become the person you actually want to be.
It is far easier than it may seem. All you have to do is take that first baby step to BE that person. It all begins with an easy session in my Future Mindfulness program.
Click here to Sign up for a complimentary session and you can take the first step to creating the life of your future today.
Be well and I truly hope this helps.