I 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.
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