Future Building

Last week I talked about getting a little bit of my woo on, and I also talked about that in my Newsletter this week. (It goes out on Monday nights, so if you would like a little love from me, fill out the form at the bottom of the page!)

One of the techniques I talk about the in newsletter is Future Building. It’s one of my favourite ways to play around with themes of goal setting and visualization.

One of the problems with asking people what their goals in life are is that they genuinely don’t know. Our heart’s desires get ignored or suppressed in our every day travels. We live to work, until we make a conscious decision to stop, but then we feel unmoored and unsure as to what happens next.

The thing is, no one knows what their heart desires until you build a few futures and see what you like or don’t like about them! Did you know that your tongue knows the sensations of everything around you? (I am going somewhere with this!)

So how can you know if you have never considered what options are out there?

I like to visit Real estate webpages and check out the houses. What would it feel like to live in that house? Live in that suburb? Would that wine rack annoy you? What would it feel like walking across the kitchen barefoot in the mornings to get yourself cereal? Where would the coffee machine go? Would your furniture fit? How do the tiles feel under your feet? Is the carpet scratchy or soft? The walls rough or smooth? So many textures you already have in your mind’s library and you can use this to explore future building.

This is a great exercise to do with friends too! What do you think you want in your dream house and then go and imagine it! What does a 1.2 million dollar house have that a 300K house doesn’t?

Just because it’s more expensive doesn’t mean it’s better or perfect. The spa might have neighbours with direct line of sight. You might get traffic out your front door step every morning. Maybe you hate the splash-back, or the bookshelves in the kitchen annoy the pants off you.

Image by janjf93 from Pixabay

Imagine what it would be like every night to come home to the house. Does it look perfect outside and in? Does it matter if the outside is yuck and the inside is yum?

What about family and animals? Pets or livestock? Beach or farm? I’ve always wanted chickens. I don’t even know why. They’re awesome and I love the way their heads cock when they look at you, the way they have their own personalities and I love getting the fresh eggs from them.

Maybe the next future building play I do, I’ll make sure they fit in the backyard!

This sort of future building is expanding your idea of what is available in the world for you. It’s giving you a chance to find things you like, and also find things you don’t like. It’s window shopping for the soul.

If you have a bit of a play with future building, send me an update! I’d love to hear more!

Feature Image by Kevin Sanderson from Pixabay

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Published by Sarah Lee Parker

Sarah P is a unique creature who writes a little or writes a lot, and loves riding the tech wave. She loves her iPad a little too much, and is currently addicted to Twitter.

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