What Would You Write to Your Current Self on the First Anniversary of Your Retirement?
“He or she who laughs last at the boss’s jokes probably isn’t far from retirement.”
–Anonymous (and you wonder why)
Today is my 40th birthday. I’m probably at the halfway point of my life, so I figured a good gift to myself would be a little time-shifting post. I hope you enjoy it. – Jason
A recent meme that has sprung up on the Internet is of people interviewing their past or future selves. The one that started it all was when Jeremiah McDonald interviewed his 12 year old self (note: some content may be inappropriate).
The idea of being able to go forward or backwards in time to learn or communicate things is nothing new. Michael J. Fox went back in time to save a friend in Back to the Future. H.G. Wells wrote about a character who went forward and backwards through time in The Time Machine. I personally don’t look at hot tubs in the same way since Hot Tub Time Machine.
Looking forward to the future often serves as an escape valve for negative times in the present. As Steve Taylor of Leeds Metropolitan University explains, we use these escape valves so frequently and so subtly that we often don’t notice when we’ve mentally slipped from the present to the future.
Your personal vision of the future can also help cement your commitment in the present to reach those goals. As a study from the Edwin Locke of the University of Maryland and Gary Latham of the University of Toronto showed, commitment to goals can be improved through setting strong visions. In this context, they discussed leaders setting visions to help people within organizations commit to goals, but the same can apply to your personal life.
You can set your own personal vision to help you achieve your goals
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Jason Hull is a Fort Worth fee only, hourly financial planner who serves clients in Fort Worth, TX and Dallas, TX as well as serving clients nationwide.
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