What’s your future identity? – Who are you becoming?
When we decide to make bigger changes in our lives or when we start to move towards achieving new goals, we are not only starting to do something differently.
Before we can start to act differently, we need to learn to think and feel differently.
Imagine someone who’s retiring after 40 years in the corporate world. This person is not only going to change daily their lifestyle and activities but also in the process of switching identities – a process that’s often not easy to go through.
Because we can’t click just a button and say, ‘Yesterday I was a manager, and today I am a retiree.’
Becoming someone different, and building a new identity usually takes some time, effort – and thought work.
Thus, let’s not focus so much on what we are going to do differently, let’s instead focus on intentionally choosing how we are going to think and feel differently.
Let’s actively define and create our new identity.
We can ask ourselves questions like these:
- ‘Who am I becoming? How will my new identity look like?’
- ‘How does that person – the new me – make decisions?’
- ‘What does that person think?’
- ‘How does that person feel?’
- ‘How does that person act?
- What’s important to that person? And what’s not?
You can’t change your past but you can choose how you want to experience the future – because you can choose your future identity.
Play around with the questions above and find your unique answers – so that you can build a close relationship with your future you.
Focusing your thinking on your future identity will help you think, feel, and act like the person you want to become.
Step 1: Define your new identity
These are just a few examples of new-identity ideas:
- ‘I am becoming someone who is really good at time management.’
- ‘I am becoming a mindful person,’
- ‘I am learning to be a conscious shopper.’
- ‘I am determined to become the organiser of my mind, my home, and my life.’
Step 2: Describe how you will think, feel, and act differently.
My future identity: I am becoming a successful ‘declutterer’
What I will think: As an expert declutterer, I make sure that there is no clutter in my mind and no clutter in my home. I only ‘own’ thoughts and belongings that serve me. My mind and my home are clutterfree and organised.
How I will feel: I feel competent and confident.
What I will do: I practice mind-decluttering every day, and I create useful habits and routines that help me to keep my home clear and clean.’
Now it’s your turn!
Who are you going to be? And what will that person – your future identiy – think, feel, and do?
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