The Process of Creating your Future

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    Do you want a happy future? One where you are enjoying your lifestyle? A future where you take delight in being alive? Human beings are the only creatures on earth who can change their present circumstance in anticipation of the future. No other creature can consider the future, and then take action now which results in their desired future, in fact, becoming a reality.

    We are not forever victims of the past. As long as we are alive, we will influence the future by what we think, say and do today. To effectively design and create a desired future, we need to become aware of how we do it. We need to know the technology for creating our desired future by what we do now…today. There exists such a technology, and here is a simple overview of it.

    First, imagine and identify the exact desired outcome you want. With photographic clarity, picture it in your mind as clearly as you can. Then write down a description of that picture in great and specific detail. Write it down in the present tense as if it were already happening today. For example: "I am attracting more money, people, love, free time, joy and happiness. I am doing this by enjoying who I am, and through the habits I have developed. I am content with myself and my lifestyle. I am at ease with every action I take." Again in the present tense, write out a description of whom you wish to become. How you will feel, think and behave. How you will act when you have what you desire. Call such a description your "personal vision," and display it where you can, with an attitude of gratitude, re-read it regularly. Remain thankful that your desired outcome is being made manifest NOW.

    Put a time frame to the outcomes you desire. For example, write: "Three years from now, on June 1, 2010, I have 20 friends, live in a condominium in Florida, and am working for myself creating and marketing…." You get the idea.

    Create a plan of specific, step-by-step actions you will take, and tasks you will have accomplished (goals), in order to have attained your imagined future. Begin from three years out and work backward, month by month, describing the objectives, skills needed, people required, necessary resources to have, and actions to take each month…then each week…then each day. This becomes your personal plan of action…your track on which to move forward into your future.

    Remain grateful that you have generated the plan and have the skills to implement.

    Begin now. Learn while you are taking action. Improve and adjust how you are doing. As you move down your planned track, be alert to (and grateful for) the results you are generating. Learn from the results you know about. Change your behavior and ask directly for the responses and results you want. If the results are not in keeping with your desired outcome, change your course. Quickly forgive yourself and others for mistakes made (everyone makes mistakes). Get back on the track which leads most directly to your envisioned future.

    Every morning, renew your awareness of who you really are, and where you really are on your track to the future. Every evening, go over what you did and what happened during the day. Look for the small events which nourished you and your relationships. Always be grateful for the small delights in your life. Count your blessings. Look for what you can learn from the events occurring in your life. Identify any and all possible positive aspects to those events. Develop a constant "attitude of gratitude" for others impacting you and your lifestyle. Express appreciations continuously.

    Have free days. Take at least 24 hours per week to disconnect entirely from the track you are on. No thoughts, actions or behavior relevant to your plan. Over time, increase the number of free days. You will discover you will be more effective, have greater focus and better results on other days.

    Be patient and gentle with your progress. Enjoy the process. We never know from heartbeat to heartbeat if we will be alive the next moment. Therefore, we need to maximize our enjoyment of what we are creating now. We live in the present moment. But we have the ability to shape each moment to conform to our plans for the future we desire.

    Make the best use of that human ability, and you create a present-day reality, as well as a desired future, which conforms to your happiness and inner peace.

    Being human and being alive is the greatest joy we know!

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    Lloyd J. Thomas PhD
    Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D., has 30+ years experience as a Life Coach and Licensed Psychologist. He is available for coaching in any area presented in "Practical Psychology." As your Coach, his only agenda is to assist you in creating the lifestyle you genuinely desire. The initial coaching session is free. Contact him at 970.568.0173 or e-mail [email protected]. Visit the website www.lifecoachtraining.com. To subscribe to his weekly column, Practical Psychology, e-mail your request to: [email protected] and write "subscribe" in the subject line and an "X" in the body. Copyright

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