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10 Reasons Why Your Role Model Should Be Yourself In 10 Years

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1. You are your own greatest project.

You’re not building a career, you’re not building a legacy, you’re building a life. All of those things are sequential to you becoming the person you want and are meant to be.

2. When you’re too certain of your path, it’s because you’re following somebody else’s.

If you’re not feeling scared or uncertain in life, it’s usually because you’re following someone else’s path. It may feel safer, but the only “safe” bet about it is that you will end up a dissatisfied copy of someone else’s authentic truth.

3. You should always make choices based on how your most ideal older self would feel about them.

This mindset offers a sort of wisdom and perspective that’s hard to find in the present. It helps you build for the future, not just for your relentless, fleeting desires.

4. Your future is dormant within you.

What you will be, you already are. “If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.”

5. Your ultimate purpose is to realize every ounce of your latent potential.

You can’t do that if you’re so focused on mimicking the lives and choices of people who you think have what you want. The only way to build the life you really want is to make it as true of a reflection of who you really are.

6. Nothing will motivate you like imagining the life you could have.

If what you’re working toward doesn’t make you the person you want to be in 10 years, you aren’t working toward the right things.

7. Nobody can guide you like your older self can.

Once you can envision the person you want (and are meant) to be, you can cross-check all of your choices and decisions against their judgment. There’s no role model in the world who exists entirely within you, and can guide you entirely with your intuition.

8. If your older self isn’t your role model, you aren’t on the right path.

If what you’re doing now isn’t going to help you become who you want to be later, something has to change.

9. Your best, kindest, most enlightened, productive, loving older self is who you really are. 

Your mission is to remove everything that stands in the way of you simply being that person.

10. When you are your own hero, you are writing your own story.

You regain control of your life because when you idolize your future self, you become your own hero. You are no longer stymied by the fear that the world won’t hand you what you want – you live each day going out and building it for yourself. TC mark

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