How to be Your Best in 2016

By Ashley Corn | In Uncategorized | on December 10, 2015

awesomeI really can’t believe that it is already the end of 2015! Once again, this year has flown by! This time of year is when most of us take the time to reflect on the year before and set our goals for the New Year. Most of us are pretty good at setting our goals, but where the problem tends to lie is in sustaining the long term commitment toward our goals throughout the year.  One mental skill that has been shown to enhance goal commitment is the called the Best Possible Future Self exercise. This is a tool that comes from the field of positive psychology, which uses imagery and expressive writing about one’s goals and their vision of their “best possible self.”

Through deeply envisioning what your best self looks like in the future, you are able to clarify your values, solidify your approach and establish the steps necessary to live life congruent with your highest aspirations. This exercise is really about finding your big WHY or your driving force behind what you hope to achieve and why this goal is important to you. Research has found that taking the time to do the Best Possible Self activity improves goal adherence and commitment. Additionally, the articulation of your best possible self and daily striving toward goals that are aligned with your greater life goal has been linked to overall well-being. Here are some simple tips on how you can conduct a version of the Best Future Self exercise to help create your goals and commitment for 2016.

  • Get out a blank sheet of paper and draw one line vertically and one line horizontally across the page, so you create four quadrants or boxes on your piece of paper.
  • Next, I want you to close your eyes and imagine it is Dec. 2016, which is a year from now. Picture yourself telling a close friend, family member or coach that 2016 was the best year of your life thus far! Let them know everything you accomplished that year and made it so great. Take the time to really visualize what has to happen in order for you to be able to say that 2016 was your best year yet.
  • Now, open your eyes and in each one of the quadrates on your paper, write one of the goals you visualized that would be AMAZING to accomplish in 2016. These can be personal, work, sport or fitness, health or spiritual goals. Set your sight high and challenge yourself on each goal to make sure it is something that would truly be amazing not just good!
  • Underneath each goal you wrote down, jot down some notes of what exactly it would look like to achieve that goal. For example if one of the goals your wrote down was to run a PR in the marathon, it you might write the specific time you will need to hit, what marathon you want to run and the steps you will need to take to get there.
  • Next, for each goal on the page write down why this goal is important to you.
  • Then, for each goal on the page write down what achieving this goal will do for you.
  • Finally, close your eyes again and think about everything you wrote down. Picture yourself accomplishing the goals and think about what it will feel like when you do. Picture the impact accomplishing these goals will have on you or your family.
  • Post your Best Future Self paper somewhere you will see it throughout the year as a visual reminder of your goals and commitment.

Hopefully, this exercise brings up some emotions for you. If not, you probably want to set your goals higher or dig a little deeper for what the goals mean to you or the impact they will have on your life. By taking the time to walk through the Best Future Self exercise, you are creating a mental road map of the goals you intend to accomplish this year and solidifying your commitment to these goals.

Let us help you establish a concrete plan for your 2016 goals and conduct a full Best Future Self intervention with you so you can make 2016 your best year yet! Contact us today

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