It’s difficult to move forward if you don’t know where you’re going. Doug and I realized we had no idea where we wanted to be in ten years, or even in one year. Not knowing in which direction to head leads to not moving, or, at best, moving without purpose. Much energy is wasted by moving on random tangents. Building on what we learned in our last post, Doug and I embarked on a new thought adventure.
Imagine what can be accomplished if all effort is directed towards a goal. To help us visualize where we wanted to be, Doug and I took a time machine five years into the future to talk with the monkeys we will become. You didn’t know monkeys have time machines? Now you do… Anyway, we compiled a list of questions to ask the future us. We imagined interviewing the cool, suave characters we will become, and wrote down the answers to our questions. We started out with:
- What do you do for a living?- We help others having difficulty in life. We are guides. We have the ability to heal damaged life paths.
- How did you get where you are today?-We stuck with our vision. We believed in it and in ourselves. Once we figured out where we wanted to be, we headed in that direction.
- How did you become interested in this type of work?- We’ve always been spiritual monkeys. As we grew older, we realized we weren’t the only ones struggling with the questions we were asking ourselves. Lots of others are stuck in life too, and don’t know which way to go. We felt that the insight and skills we earned through self examination would be helpful to others.
- What do you like best about what you do?- People value our monkey sense. Many others are lost, and appreciate someone who can guide them along their path.
- What has been most helpful in making you successful monkeys?- We formulated a plan and stuck with it. Directing our efforts towards a defined goal was key. We didn’t dilute our efforts by not knowing what we were trying to accomplish.
- Do you have any advice for monkeys that want to do what you do?-Believe in yourself. Stay true to your beliefs. Have a road map and a final destination… and follow it.
Asking these questions of our future selves is really just a way of seriously asking “What do you want to be doing in the future?”. It seems like no one really asks this question of themselves or others.
Any time we tried to see into the future it was a confused mass of half thoughts and unformed wishes. There was no direction or order, and certainly no mapped out route to get there. we decided to jump forward and see where we wanted to be, and then we would be better able to create the path to get there. Doug felt empowered by the answers we received! Give it a try…
Imagine meeting the future you, five or ten years down the road. This future you is living a life that makes them successful and content. They made a plan, followed it and became all that they sensed they could be. Ask this future you some questions that will illuminate what they do and how they got where they are.
Get your paper ready. Write down the questions you will ask the future you. Think about them for a while. Now, switch roles and imagine you are the future you. How will you answer? Write the answers down after the questions. Some questions you might ask are
- What do you do for a living?
- How did you discover this is what you wanted to do?
- How did you get to where you are today?
- What do you love about your chosen profession?
- What do you not love?
- What one thing was key in helping you reach contentment?
- Do you have any advice to share?
Ask any other questions that apply to you and your situation specifically. Read over what you wrote as if it is in a newspaper. What can you learn about what you desire? What do you see that hints towards a path to bring the future into reality? Write your thoughts down to refer to later.
What are you passionate about? Find out. Read Monkey Love next!