The future. Are these words scary or are they exciting? Perhaps a mixture of both? Different reactions at different times, I suppose. Recently I’ve discovered a truth that I believe can revolutionize the way I think of my future. Ready? Here it comes…
Whenever we think about the future in the way it relates to our past, it can create fear in us. This is evidenced in a job loss, career change, family death, etc. However, when we allow ourselves to dream about what “could be” without the limitations of our education, work experience, past wounding, etc, it causes a different emotion – hope.
This idea has changed the way I think about the future. I’m beginning to see how true this thought is especially as I’ve been walking through a season of change in my life. (Nothing major, mind you, just things beginning to move in directions I had not previously considered a possibility.)
It causes you to ask different questions. Instead of asking “what skills do I have that will help me move forward in life,” I ask “what skills would I need if I did x or y.” The first question focuses on how my past will influence my future, the second gives me permission to dream bigger than my past limitations.
Of course I am not diminishing the skills I’ve picked up along the way, I just don’t want to be limited by them. In fact, the more I dream about the future, the more I see how it ties to the places I’ve been and the things I’ve done.
So here’s the question of the day that we’re all either too afraid or too busy to ask:
How would your future look if you didn’t let fear affect you?