Today I was reading an article in Parade magazine by Connie Shultz in which she talks about how she recently found a self portrait she drew in the third-grade of what she thought she would look like as a middle-aged woman. Although it was 40 years later, it was uncanny as she described how accurate the picture was to how she looked today. It also included drawings of things she thought she may be interested in, which again, was a very accurate description of her middle-aged life….40 years later.
I’m not going to ask you to look back 40 years. Many of you aren’t even 40 years old yet. But, if I were to ask you to look back 5 years ago and ask yourself how you would look today, what type of picture might we get? If you look back 5 years ago from this very moment and reflect, are you, at this very moment in time, where you thought you would be today?
In a recent post, I talked about Fred Couples and Jim Nantz visualizing their dream as young college kids and then living that dream later in life. I truly believe you get what you focus the most on. What do you see in your future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Here is a more important question. If you are not where you thought you would be 5 years ago, what is going to change in the next 5 years? If you don’t make changes in your life, it is unrealistic to expect things to change.
I challenge you to take a moment and look forward. Take a look at yourself 5 years from today. How would your finances look? How would your family life look? What type of health would you be in? It is important to visualize, but it is equally as important to actually take action to make that vision of you a reality. Surround yourself with people who will support your vision. Read the right books and listen to audios that will educate you and move you closer to where you want to be. Again, just having the vision is not enough. We must take action!
Remember, 5 years from today you will be the same age no matter what you do. So don’t be afraid, paint a wonderful picture of your life with everything you hope and dream for, and I hope that in 5 years your portrait is eerily accurate. After all, if that is where you focus your time and energy then that is the result you will realize.
Wishing you all the success you will allow yourself to have!