The experience you had with yesterday’s exercise reveals an underutilized asset of our brains. If you missed yesterday’s email or just didn’t do the experience, I strongly encourage you to go back and do it.
The underutilized asset of the brain is our ability to look ahead into multiple potential futures, determine the ones we like and the ones we don’t, deduce how each potential scenario would take place, and decide on courses of action that pursue the ones we want and prevent the ones we don’t.
Unfortunately this profound capacity easily slips into default mode, loses its asset value, and becomes a major liability. How? When looking ahead into the future creates feelings of fear, anxiety, stress, doubt, and getting overwhelmed.
The result? Through inaction or reaction people end up with far less than the future they want, or worse, through self-fulfilling prophecy create one of the futures they don’t want.
So you looked ahead into your future. You envisioned an ideal year and a painful one, a proud year and a disappointing one. The question is which one dominates in your mind and drives your effort from here forward.
Discipline is the shortcut. Do the work.
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