If you want to make better decisions in the present, it might help to imagine the “ideal you” in the future.
By envisioning yourself living the life you want to live, it can ground you in the present.
Say you are having trouble doing what you know you need to do… Whether that’s losing weight, or cutting back on sugar, or stopping drinking, or forcing yourself to make cold calls.
When you find yourself procrastinating, or you’re tempted to act badly… Take a moment and breathe.
Imagine yourself thin, wealthy, healthy… The way you want to be 10-15 years from now when you have retired after committing to all the hard work you need to do now.
According to an article in the New York Times, this “envisioning exercise” can help keep you from acting in your own self interest.