Play the Movie Forward

In his book, Necessary Endings, Dr. Henry Cloud talks about a principle he calls “playing the movie forward”. Essentially, the principle is to look at an area of your life right now and to “play it forward” in your mind like a movie based on the choices you’re currently making. I would encourage you to take every area of your life and evaluate it based on this principle. For instance:

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Based on the way you currently handle finances, if you were to play the movie of your financial life forward, what kind of financial life would you see yourself living years down the road?

Based on the way you currently handle relationships, if you were to play the movie of your relationships forward, what kind of relationship or marriage would you see yourself having years down the road?

Based on the way you are currently handling your career, if you were to play the movie of your career forward, what kind of career would you have?

Based on the way you’re currently handling your health, if you were to play that video forward, what kind of health would you be in?

Based on the decisions you are currently making in all areas of your life, if you played your life forward, what kind of life would you be living?

These are tough questions. In fact, I would encourage you not only to ask yourself these questions, but I would also encourage you to get together with people who are where you would like to be in each of these areas and ask them to share what they see if they were to fast forward your life based on the way you’re currently living. 

In some areas, you may like what you see as you play it forward. In other areas, you may not like what you see at all. That’s ok. What matters is what you do with what you see. If you don’t like where an area of your life is going, you can change it.

How? By finding out what choices you need to start making in order to get your life’s movie to play the way you’d like. Get together with the people you look up to and ask them what choices you should be making now in order to get to where you want to go.

Be humble. Be teachable. Be willing to change. Once you start making the right choices, it won’t be long until you start playing a different movie. A movie that you’re proud of.

Thoughts? 

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