Hey creators! Today I want to share with you a little mental time travel exercise I often do when I’m feeling down and unmotivated.
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I bet this sounds familiar.
Aside from being a classic, overused job interview question, it can be a great exercise to help you visualize what you want to achieve in the next few years. I often ask myself this question when I need to be reminded of the goals I’m working towards. However, this doesn’t work unless you’re in the right frame of mind for it.
Certainly, envisioning what you want your life to look like in 5 years brings clarity, so it’s easier to get motivated and excited when you know where you’re headed. That’s all well and good, but sometimes, when you do this in more difficult circumstances, the opposite occurs.
What do I mean by difficult circumstances? You know, when you face countless setbacks. When stress or anxiety hits. When you focus on what you want to achieve, work hard for it, and positive results fail to show, yet you just can’t help noticing others around you succeed.
That’s when you need to change your focus. Bear with me.
It might seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes, in order to regain the motivation you need to get where you’re going, you have to do it the other way around and look back at where you started from.
“If you look back on your life and where you started from, it’s like looking back down a mountain back to the desert floor. It’s like now I can’t believe I had whatever it takes or perceived whatever it took to get here.” ~ Morgan Freeman
So, let’s all do an exercise of returning back in time. Are you up for it?
Instead of visualizing your ideal future in 5 years, concentrate on where you were 5 years ago. Keep in mind, though, that the point is to focus on the positive. To think of these 5 years as a teacher. So what are the lessons it taught you?
To make it easier for you, some additional guiding questions could be:
What are some lessons that the last 5 years have taught me?
What are the areas where I’ve made the most significant progress?
Regarding the aspects I’m not that satisfied with, how could I have done better?
Bonus question: What am I most proud of having done in the last 5 years?
Over to you now. I would love to know what is something you’re most proud of having done in the last few years. Leave your answer in a comment below.