“Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.”-Zack Lee
“When you look in the mirror what do you see in yourself? You should see survival, greatness, passion, hunger and faith. You are a conquerer, so put on your best look and be great.”-Alton Gatling Jr.
“One day, you will just be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.”-Melchor Lim
Selfie’s are all the rage…People love taking pictures of themselves, in front of beautiful backgrounds, taking snapshots in time. But have you ever given thought to what your best self would look like? It is actually a wonderful exercise. Take some time this morning (or evening, or midday, I guess the hour doesn’t really matter, no need to get crazy technical) to sit in peace and picture the very best version of yourself. It may be easier to do so by imagining yourself 20 years in the future. Go deep with this exercise. What do you look like? Where do you live? How is your home decorated? What is your demeanor? How are you dressed? What do you offer yourself as a beverage for the conversation you are about to have?
When we make an effort to visualize the best version of ourselves, it allows us to know what we are working toward. We can ask ourselves advice on the knowledge we need to gain to bridge the gap between us now and who our best self is. We can gain insight into what we need to do/think less of and what we need to incorporate more of into our lives now. The distance between us and them may be large, or it may seem incredibly small, but by taking time to sit with our ideal selves, we can see the journey as surmountable.
I’m sure you’ve heard the quotes about a long journey and a single step… but just in case you haven’t: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”-Laozi (Chinese Philosopher Circa 531). In order to become who we truly want to become, we need to see whom that is, and then take the first step toward meeting them (everyday). It is also beneficial to touch base with our best selves when we feel stuck, we feel low, or we need advice. I’m not suggesting that you walk around the light-rail station mumbling to your best self in an interview scenario. I think it would be best served to do so in the comfort of your own home, but in all honesty, whatever you need to do to keep the vision strong, go for it, who cares what the other passengers on the train think anyway?
I have done this exercise numerous time (I first discovered it from a mediation application) and it has been extremely beneficial. When you do this exercise, it is completely acceptable to visualize all the “things” your best self has (nice home, amazing vehicle, etc) but it is even more important to notice their personality, their traits, their demeanor, their presence. Those last the longest and make the biggest impact on the world. We want to know who we can become, not only the stuff we can accumulate.
Implement this into your week. Get to know your best self. Realize that your best self is you, just further along the journey. Start taking that first step everyday in becoming who you you were born to be, who the world needs you to be.