#58. You Vs. Yourself
This is tough to write because it requires a lot of soul-searching. Being honest with oneself is a very difficult thing to do.
I was on my way to Court this past Monday morning and had a 30-minute commute to think.
I spent the first couple of minutes thinking about what I had planned to say to the judge and prosecutor. But, since I was already prepared for the hearing, it left my mind about 25 minutes to wander.
I started The Sytch journey wanting to be able to do the things I love that are good for my long-term health whenever I wanted. This is still my ultimate goal, but what kind of person do I want to be when I get there?
I see my 40-year-old future self in 2030 being the person who wakes up first in our household (around 5 am), who sleeps 7 to 8 hours most nights and has the energy to keep up with his kids, who goes on daily walks, who lifts weights 3 times a week, who spends genuine time with his family and is mentally present, and who still works but on his schedule.
Here's the kicker - I can start becoming that person now.
When you are constantly looking at the future and writing about your future plans and goals, it is easy to lose sight of who you are and who you are trying to become.
Having the freedom to control my time is a worthwhile goal, but if I can figure out the type of person I want to be at that point, I may be able to expedite the process.
Here Is What I Did
When I had the above thought in my head while driving, that I can start becoming that person now, I tasked myself with writing down in specific detail who that person is.
I then spent 30 minutes writing down as many details as I could. I put the cliff notes in the above paragraph in case it sparked some ideas for you.
With every trait or characteristic that I wrote down, I also wrote down why I wanted to have that trait/characteristic. This is my attempt to get ahead of moments when I feel like quitting.
Now that I had everything in writing, I went on to the next step.
Track Daily Tasks That Align With Future Self
I then wrote down daily, measurable tasks that align with my vision of my future self. I tried to be as specific as possible and make them easy to track. If anyone has any interest in seeing these, I do not mind sharing them.
Transparency builds accountability.
If You Want To Join Me . . .
If you want to try this at home, all you need to do is answer these three questions:
What version of myself do I want to be?
Am I that person now?
If not, what can I start doing daily to start becoming that person?
It may be that simple, but it will not be easy. The more details you can write, the better off you will be.
If you go on this journey with me, there will be times when we completely fall off the wagon. There will be other times when we cannot find one single reason to keep going.
Expect those moments to occur and equip yourself to handle them. Write down your ultimate why daily. Read it out loud if that helps you as well. Staying goal-focused and leaning on your support system will help you stay on track.
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