Once upon a time, a astronomer was giving a lecture.
He was talking about the lifecycle of stars, and mentioned that our sun will burn out in about 5.5 billion years.
A woman in the front row stood up, shrieked, and passed out.
The astronomer rushed to her aid, helping her regain consciousness.
“What happened?” the scientist asked the poor lady.
“What…. what… did you just say?”
The astronomer was perplexed.
“I, uh, said the sun would burn out in about 5.5 billion years,” he replied, still kind of confused.
“OH! Thank goodness!” the woman said.
“I thought you said 5.5 MILLION years!” she added, very relieved.
We humans have a very ill concept of time.
We know today, tomorrow, yesterday.
But most of us can’t really conceptualize what two weeks from now will be like.
Sure, if you’re in a program, like college or prison, the SYSTEM you are in does your thinking for you.
Or if you’re going to be a parent, or get married, or get shipped off to another country, you have an idea of time.
But that still feels like it’s kind of being imposed ON you, rather than under your control.
Even serious life choices like marriage and having children feel much different with regards to time.
When you JUST get pregnant, or if you’ve agreed to get married, the actual EVENT, is kind of off in the distant future.
But as it gets closer and closer, it becomes more REAL.
The night before the wedding, or when the birth contractions come out of nowhere, it gets REALLY real.
Heart hammeringly, “oh-my-god-oh-my-god” real.
But here’s the thing.
Why does it only SEEM real when it’s the next day?
Is your plan on getting married a kind of vague WISH, even when you’ve agreed?
When the pregnancy test is positive, does this only seem like a POTENTIAL?
Even in college, the path forward is pretty simple.
Pass your classes, get a degree, get a job.
But on the day of graduation, it still feels kind of surreal.
Like’s it’s been off in the vague distant future for so long, you kind of forgot it WAS real.
This can be a good thing.
If you were worried about getting a job EVERY SINGLE TIME you had to study for a mid-term, you’d be a nervous wreck.
If you spent every minute dreading the painful contractions when you delivered in three months, you’d go insane.
If you were in the middle of a project at work, and you couldn’t focus because you worried about finding the perfect photographer for your wedding in SIX MONTHS, you’d be a nutcase.
So it’s GOOD we can sort of forget things that are coming, but not for a while.
But this same benefit can be a horrible cage.
When we are doing bad habits, and the future, when we end the bad habits, is ALWAYS vague, and ALWAYS in the future.
Then we’ll be stuck in a very bad NOW.
Understand your future.
Create your future, slowly, carefully, deliberately.
Set yourself free.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.