“So, when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one, Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby.” Prince and the Revolution 1984
Prince had it right. Sooner or later we’re all going to die. Between now and then, how are we living? Yesterday I wrote about the default tendencies of our thinking, much of which is dominated by the Historian who could lead the unconscious person to believe that all that has been is all that is possible. Just consider for a moment how that affects your outlook on taking new action in your life. Those moments of hesitation and doubt, where do they come from? It comes from the Historian or the Gremlin who are both limited by what they have seen so far. The Futurist, by definition, studies the future and makes predictions about it based on current trends. The Futurist casts a vision of the future that includes possibilities not previously experienced.
The Inner Gremlin/Inner Champion relationship is more of an either/or dynamic. We either go with the Gremlin or we go with the Champion. That is why the Life Leaders GPS lesson is entitled “Silence the Gremlin”. That guy just needs to sit down and shut up.
The Historian/Futurist relationship is more “both/and”. That is, unless the Historian refuses to share the oxygen, and turns into a Gremlin. We simply need to understand when the Historian needs to share the stage.
How much of your mind is left to think into new possibilities?
Alright, enough metaphor. I promised to offer suggestions on how to better engage the Futurist. Here are a few ideas. Feel free to shoot a few my way.
Schedule a Time/Space
Don’t just stay busy being busy. Put margin times on the calendar for thinking. Find a distraction-free place that inspires your thinking.
Make an Advocate of the Historian
Let the Historian remind you of all that has come to pass that once looked impossible.
What is prayer but an opportunity to express gratitude for coming this far and ask for yet unseen things to come to into existence. Prayer is possibility thinking at its best.
See It Twice
Envision the fully-realized-version of what you want. What does it look like? What does it feel like, smell like? Now hold that picture in your mind’s eye and ask how to get it. What will it take to go from here to there?
Write It Down
Like an architect creates a drawing, write down the action steps like a blueprint.
Hold the Image
Keep the unseen thing in front of you until you see it the second time.
This list may already make sense to you. I didn’t go into great detail and illustration, but there is enough in this short list to empower your thinking at an entirely new level. Perhaps you read it and felt somehow disappointed by its simplicity. But are you doing this? If those close to you were asked, would they say your direction seems clear and they can tell you have purpose in what you do?
If this helped you, share it with someone and tell them where you got it from. You send out the invitations and I will make room for more company.