A Capsule of Time | MKE Year 3 Week 7


Advice is often though to be didactic in nature; wisdom passing from elder to youth, teacher to student, parent to child…in most cases, the veteran guides the novice. But when the coin flips and we offer advice to our future-self…an older, more worn version of ourself – does this advice, offered from the perspective of our present-day selves, then become foreshadowing?

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Hey there, Future Awesomeness, you’re entirely incredible and this journey is going to be so much fun. 

This is a collection of our best thoughts…you and me…us…because we are one. The Today-me is writing this to the Future-me – because, historically I’ve been stuck in the ‘think about what you want’ category, so I thought I’d share some reminders to serve as a compass if I ever find myself in limbo-land again.

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Believe it or not, the kind of questions you ask determine the kind of life you lead. That’s because your questions trigger its own set of answers, which lead to certain emotions, which then lead to certain actions (or inactions), followed by results. If you ask yourself limiting questions, you’ll get limited results. If you ask yourself mind-opening, forwarding questions, you’ll gain a lot more out of them.

Below is a compilation of the best and most mind-widening questions I could dig up from Google, and dig out from the seat of my soul.

Here they are…happy soul-searching:

    • Who are you?
    • What are you passionate about?
    • What are the achievements you are most proud of?
    • Do I embarrass you? (I’m not 100 percent sure yet if this is a serious or joking question.)
    • What are you most grateful for in life?
    • What are the most important things to you in life?
    • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your values? What do you represent? What do you want to embody?

Values

    • Do you love yourself?
      • Why or Why not?
    • How can you love yourself more today?
    • What is your ideal self? What does it mean to be your highest self?
    • What’s your biggest accomplishment/experience in the last year?
      • Your worst experience?
      • What did you learn from those events?
    • Look at your life now. Are you living the life of your dreams?
    • Is life truly about the journey?
    • If you have one year left to live, what would you do (bucket list)?
    • If you have one month left to live, what would you do?
    • If you have one week left to live, what would you do?
    • If you have one day left to live, what would you do?
    • If you have an hour left to live, what would you do?
  • If you have one minute left to live, what would you do?

Hourglass

    • What would you do today if there was no more tomorrow?
    • What are the biggest things you’ve learned in life to date?
    • Are you happy? Explain.
  • What advice would you give yourself 3 years ago?

Journaling

    • If you are yourself 1 year from the future, how would you advise the you now?
      • Is there something you’re still holding on to? Is it time to let it go?
  • What are you busy with today? Will this matter 1 year from now? 3 years? 5 years?
  • Do you have any regrets or mistakes you wish you could undo? Do you have anything you wish you’d done but didn’t? Advice?
    • What was the first thing you did after you turned 40? Please don’t let it be something lame like going to the library or getting frozen yogurt by yourself.
    • What opportunities are you looking for?
      • How can you create these opportunities?
    • What are your biggest goals and dreams?
      • What’s stopping you from pursuing them? …Why? How can you overcome them?
    • If you are to do something for free for the rest of your life, what would you want to do?
    • How have your priorities changed in the last year?
      • The last 5-years?
      • The last 10-years?

What would you do if you cannot fail; if there are no limitations in money, resources, time or networks?

Girl with balloons

        • … 5 years?
        • … 3 years?What do you want to achieve 1 year from now?
        • 10 years?
    • How important are these goals to you?
    • What if these goals are doubled? Tripled? Magnified by 10? How would you feel? Would you prefer to achieve these or your previous goals?
    • Who are the people who have achieved similar goals? … What can you learn from them?
    • Are you putting any parts of your life on hold? … Why?
    • What’s the top priority in your life right now?
      • What are you doing about it?
    • If you were to die tomorrow, what would be your biggest regret? What can you do now to make sure that doesn’t happen?
    • What are you grateful for today?
    • For every experience you get: What are the biggest things you have learned?
      • How can you do this better the next time?
  • If you have 1 million dollars, what will you do with it?

Money notes

    • Do you love your job?
    • What is your ideal career?
    • How can you start creating your ideal career starting today?
    • What is your ideal diet?
    • What do you need to do to achieve your ideal diet?
    • What is your ideal home like?
    • What do you need to do to achieve your ideal home?
    • What is your ideal physical look?
    • What do you need to do to achieve your ideal physical look?
    • What is your ideal life?
    • What can you do to start living your ideal life?
    • What would you want to say to yourself 1 year in the future?
    • … 3 years?
    • … 5 years?
      • … 10 years?Birthday
    • What do you fear most in life?
    • Is there anything you are running away from?
    • Are you settling for less than what you are worth? … Why?
    • What is your inner dialogue like?
        • Are they helping you achieve your goals?What limiting beliefs are you holding on to?
      • If not, is it time to let them go?
    • What empowering beliefs can you take on to help you achieve your goals?
    • What bad habits do you want to break?
    • What good habits do you want to cultivate?
    • What are the biggest actions you can take now to create the biggest results in your life?
    • Where are you living right now – the past, future or present?
    • Are you living your life to the fullest on a daily basis?
    • What is the meaning of life?
  • What is your purpose in life? Why do you exist? What is your mission?

Mission

    • How can you make your life more meaningful, starting today?
    • What drives you?
    • What are the times you are most inspired, most motivated, most charged up?
      • What did you do during those times? How can you do more of that starting today?
    • How can you change someone’s life for the better today?
  • Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with?
    • Are these people enabling you or holding you back?

Reading book on a field

    • What qualities do you want to embody?
      • Where can you meet people who embody these qualities?What are your values? What do you represent? What do you want to embody?
      • Ideal Self: What is your ideal self? What does it mean to be your highest self?
    • Who inspire you the most?
      • How can you be like them?
        • Where can you find him/her?What is your ideal life partner like?
      • How can you get to know him/her?
  • Are you afraid of letting others get close to you?
    • … Why or Why not?

Fear

  • Who is/are the most important person(s) to you in the world? Are you giving them the attention you want to give?
      • How can you spend more time with them starting today?
    • What kind of person do you enjoy spending time with?
      • How can you be this person to others?
      • Who do you want to be like in 1 year?

… 3 years?

        • … 5 years?
      • … 10 years?
    • Who are your mentors in life? (formal or informal)
    • How have you been of service to others today?
  • What is one thing you’re going to do differently after reading this?

Questions aside, I also have a few wishes for you. I know you’ll probably go through heartbreak along the way…but I sincerely wish your ultimate path will be one that you love and one that will never make you feel like you’re settling for less. I hope that between now and then, you’ll have learned a lot more and grown into an amazing human being with a bright future, surrounded by love and friendship and true bliss.

p.s.

It is likely that you are reading this on some sort of graphene screen strapped around your wrist or glued to your face. Cool! Fancy! High-tech!

Thanks for following!

Love,

Jen

See what moved me this time last year…MKE7 | Love Letter From My Future Self

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