Conversation with Your Future Self: A Path to Better Decisions
thought-provoking: something that makes you think deeply about a subject
If you could talk to your future self, what would you ask? Psychology professor Hal Hershfield says we don’t need a time machine to get advice from the future. Just imagining this conversation can help us make better choices in the here and now. He suggests eight thought-provoking questions to ask your future self.
What have you been most proud of and why?
In what ways – both positive and negative – have you changed over time?
What’s something that you miss most from earlier in your life?
What actions have you regretted?
What actions did you not take that you regret?
What’s a time period you’d most want to repeat?
What things should I be paying more attention to now?
Which things should I stress about a little less?
By imagining what your future self might say, you can bridge the gap between the present and the future. And this just might help you make better choices today for a better tomorrow.
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