Your Future Self is One Step Away

Every leader dedicated to personal growth has a picture of their future self.  It’s easy to talk about “someday when”  and think that the situation must change first.  (The situation in need of change being time, another person, the weather,  or some other outside circumstance.)

Leaders with a creator-mindset realize that creating a future self is more about making a decision than it is about waiting for circumstances to change. Personal alignment is about doing what is required in order to bring current reality closer and closer to vision of your future self.

Your future self will be

  • Disciplined
  • Patient
  • Proactive
  • Positive
  • Strategic

Your future self will

  • Exercise
  • Sign up for the dance class
  • Go on the family vacation
  • Update the wardrobe

Your future self won’t

  • Drop balls
  • Make unrealistic promises
  • Hold grudges
  • Be jealous
  • Have mood swings
  • Be disorganized

In  order to become the future self, it is not the future that has to change, it is you.

Your Future Self is One Step Away
Today you have to become more disciplined. Today you have to sign up for the dance class. Today you have to manage the mood swing and let go of a grudge. In order to align with the vision of your future self, you must do the hard work that change requires of you.

That change is either to take action or to give something up–one moment at a time.

 What is one vision you have for your future self? Post your answer below.

MMarlene-Blk4arlene Chism is an executive educator, consultant, and author of Stop Workplace Drama, (Wiley 2011) and No-Drama Leadership (Bibliomotion 2015). She works with executives, and high-performing leaders who want to transform culture in the workplace. To explore opportunities please email