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How to Predict Your Future

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Fortune CookieIn 2007, a friend of mine was going through a tough time. I wrote an email of encouragement with the subject line “Ten Years from Now.”

I wanted to provide him with a window into the future I knew he could create: the future we’re ALL actually capable of creating.

If you want to know the real secret to predicting your future, to hitting all the goals you want to set, to making your dreams come true, I want you to read this email.

It starts now:

Prepare yourself for an unusual journey. I am going to take you far way, to a place so distant you can only dream about it. 

Free your mind from any thoughts or concerns of the day. Relax.

Imagine it is morning and you are lying in bed, waking to a typical day in your life ten years form now.

That’s correct. Ten years.

Before you start thinking any thoughts on your own, I want to tell you what’s happened to you during these ten years.

You made it!!

I think that’s the most concise way of putting it. You found the courage and strength to develop and follow through on your plans. It may not have appeared that luck was always with you, but you believed in yourself, worked hard, and you stayed with it.

As I said, you made it.

You found success in your work and happiness in your personal life.

You don’t believe it?

Well, if you discovered what you’re naturally inclined to be and worked at it, in ten years you’ll be a success beyond your wildest dreams. And that’s precisely what you did!!

You still don’t believe it?

Are you suggesting that you’ll never make it, that there’s no possibility of you ever succeeding?

Let’s talk about these doubts.

I have news for you. You have confidence in yourself now. These doubts don’t exist anymore. You outgrew them long ago, so let’s have no more of this disbelief.

On this particular morning we find you living the life you always wanted and being yourself, without asking permission or making excuses. You’re doing what you love to do and doing it well because you’re full of energy and focused on your work. You’re friendly and you’re relaxed—but busy, optimistic, and enthusiastic.

If this sounds impossible, it’s probably because you’re still accustomed to doubting yourself. Trust that you will overcome your doubts and do what you have to do to succeed.

Learning to believe in yourself and realizing that you really are God’s greatest miracle was the most important thing you did in those ten years. Perhaps the most important thing you ever did. It made the difference.

Anyhow, you did it.

So put aside this old doubting and wake up this morning to a new world in which you have risen to your best.

Congratulations!!!! VERY proud of YOU for all you are about to accomplish.

…and you know I will remain,

Excited,

Robert D. Smith

The secret to predicting your future? Simple: Stop doubting your ability to create it.

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Question: What doubts do you need to let go of right now in order to create the future of your choosing? Leave a comment and let me know.

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  • http://www.mattham.com/ Matt Ham

    Robert – 10 years from now I will be speaking to crowds about redefining richness and leading them to the truth of the gospel as my primary source of income. In fact, it’s starting now. My writing just led to my first speaking engagement next week. A group of 50 mothers! I’m grateful for your encouragement.

    • http://therobertd.com/ Robert D. Smith

      Congrats to YOU on getting your first booking, Matt!!

  • Shelley Hess

    ABSOLUTELY EXCEPTIONAL, ROBERT!!! YOU ARE INDEED ‘REFINING YOUR CRAFT’ IN THEEE MOST EXCEPTIONAL WAY!!!!!

    This post is sooooo inspiring….

    Ten years hence pour moi? To start, far, FAR beyond the very best and finest that my finite imagination can conjure!!! Centered around MORE OF THOSE BEST THINGS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW….
    – FREEDOM IN CHRIST
    – PASSION FOR MY AWESOME, INCREDIBLE HUSBAND AND BEST FRIEND FOR 20 YEARS
    – INFINITE LOVE FOR OUR TWO AWESOME, AMAZING SONS
    -FINANCIAL FREEDOM
    -PASSION FOR CONSTANTLY LEARNING AND GROWING…. AND DOING!
    -FLEXIBILITY, TO SEIZE EVERY MOMENT, EVERY GREAT OPPORTUNITY WHICH COMES MY WAY

    HAVE THEEE BEST DAY, ROBERT! PRAY TO ADD TO YOURS AS YOU ALWAYS ADD VALUE TO OURS!!!

  • Jim

    When people ask me how I’m doing, I like to tell them: “A little better than I was yesterday, but not as good as I’ll be tomorrow!!” Truly, my life is the sum of the little things I do each day. In ten years I’ll be busy in retirement providing volunteer mission service with my sweetheart of close to 50 happy years of marriage, planning my 26,0000 Days (and counting) party, enjoying our growing family (7 children, 13 grand-children and counting), thanking God for His powerful hand in my life, looking for new ways to make positive ripples for Him each day!!

    • http://therobertd.com/ Robert D. Smith

      Love that quote, Jim. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  • Tami Fenton

    Robert, I love this post. To believe our lives can be better is the first step. One can not achieve what one does not first envision. You inspire me with every post. So thankful for you!

  • Arline

    HI Robert, I will contemplate on that, seeing myself very successful and living the life I want 10 years from now..great post ..thanks! :)

  • http://www.loganheavensbest.com/ Carpet Cleaner

    Robert, you are so generous with your optimism! Thank you so much.

  • Tina Mollie Fisher

    Your writing always works its way right into my heart and makes me want to jump up and yell, “BAM! Yes, Yes, I can!” :)

    • http://therobertd.com/ Robert D. Smith

      Yell it loud, sister! :-)

  • Kelly Campbell

    In 10 years I will be a few short years from retirement and over 40 years of marriage. After several years of starting new and different types of nonprofits, my greatest obstacle will be mustering up the energy to do something just one more time. When I get there I want to have an even longer list of accomplishments to talk about. I also want to be asking the question, ” what’s next?”

    • http://therobertd.com/ Robert D. Smith

      That’s a great question to be asking yourself every day, Kelly!

  • Sunny F

    Your post brings to mind a quote from Winston Churchill that I have on a Post-It on my office wall. “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.” Without courage, you will not dare to go beyond what you are used to. Without courage, you will not think beyond what is possible. If you constantly doubt yourself — that you can do all that you set out to do and be all that you want to be — then you’ve just let the world down, because, really, the world is waiting with bated breath for great things from you. That’s what I believe at least. So in 10 years I will have reached the career success (and stayed there) with a book (or two) published, a bed and breakfast up and running, and in a happy, loving, committed relationship.

  • Nikki

    That I have to wait for someone else to “allow” me to be God’s greatest miracle!