The Future Perfect

I own my thoughts, feelings, emotions, desires, preferences and actions. No one else can own them. I am unique, and each of these things I own are unique and privately controlled by me alone. others are free to own their own actions, thoughts etc. and we influence one another, deliberately or inadvertently: a network lit up by the currency of mutual respect and information.

In deep, concentrated thinking, the topic determines the process of thinking, not the person who’s doing the thinking. Strong topics and rigorous analysis demand almost mechanical compliance with the rules of logic, canonical law, best practices etc. this is how we can ensure our ideas are compatible with each other. Our minds need to strip away idiosyncrasies in order to connect, but in that stripping away, context and emotion is lost. This is why Tinyvox is the new way to get the full “picture” across, rather than limiting yourself to straining out the idea on a keyboard smaller than your palm.

I can select among a range of emotions at any given time. Logic is harder to push around, but often either path at a decision juncture yields both positive and negative impacts on my life. Life is not only about goals that we state explicitly. We don’t know the magical future held just beyond our perception.

The future is about scenarios, and one scenario is where you become your better self. You put away stupid behaviors that block you from a glorious destiny. You adopt and adapt behaviors that systematically make you a better person, and give you the Midas touch. Like taping your ideas as soon as they emerge.

Now that that scenario exists in your mind, concentrate. Draw a picture of it and put it on your wall, with a voice bubble elaborating a motto by which you can shape your decisions from here on out in order to become that person. Focus on the image in your mind of your future perfect self. The more you focus, the more that future perfect exists.

Everything is imaginary, because the material world is made of things that were thought up before they could be manufactured. Even the natural world seems to adhere to a cosmic will or logic that cannot be denied so long as sciences such as biology and physics can discern universal principles. the principles are more central to existence than the material that conforms to them. Know the principles of the universe, and you can create custom strategies for asking the universe to make your dreams come true.

If the world is imaginary, to any degree, that means it exists in the mind. Whose mind? Clearly, there may be synergy between our collective minds, but your universe is centered in your mind. So start making stuff up in your own interest! It’s just a matter of focus and attention and having goals – you can spend your life staring at a screen like a zombie, or you can close your eyes and visualize your future perfect self. That’s what I choose to do.

How might that future perfect self feel? Likely a good deal more confident than you feel right now. For all we know, that self has already accomplished the miracles you can now only barely imagine. Consider the posture and stride and smile of the future perfect you see for yourself. Can you reflect that set of attributes today?

You own the thoughts you are experiencing right now. You own your body and the posture and attitude it emanates. Wield them all with finesse and flair!

Consider your perfect future and the steps you will take beginning tomorrow to get there fast. How long can you afford to wait? How much longer will the perfect future make you wait? Most likely, you can take the first step on the journey within the next hour. Your next move is to get a blank notebook and write the result you want on the first page – Make-A-Wish, basically. Try it now.

Hopefully you will experience urgency upon reading these words again and again. Motivation is the goal of this blog, after all, and I would like to hear your thoughts about this concept of a perfect future. Work backwards from the goal on the first page of the notebook. Think of the step immediately before the achievement of your dream on the next page, and the step before that on the cage after that. Keep on going until you reach where you are at today. You suddenly have a perfect map to guide your actions, behavior and communications.

I’m not saying you will get there, necessarily – your mileage may vary. you may change your mind about the goal you stated, although far better it would have been to achieve the goal you committed to earlier and then move on to the next. By articulating it, you bring it nearer, and even if “perfection”, as an a priori concept, is by definition unattainable, at least it is a worthy asymptote for which we can all strive. Why not? The more you think about something, the more likely you will find a way to unite yourself with it somehow.

Your dreams can come true, because human dreams are the only things that can possibly come true in a world full of imaginary, mental objects that have more pull on our behavior through emotion and consequence than the material world. You can make these mental objects yourself, and cause them to accomplish your work towards your dreams for you.


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