I just did something AWESOME!
I recorded a message to my future self on my webcam. I will watch my message every morning, to remind myself why I do what I do, and to keep myself from falling into a slump. And here is why you should do it too!
I’m sure you have heard of writing notes to your future self, and I believe that it’s very powerful. However, if you have a webcam/camcorder, I think recording an actual video exponentially amplifies the effect that a note has.
We all have an image of our ‘ideal self’. Our ideal self will be incredibly productive, have amazing relationships, take action every day, travel the world, live in complete joy and harmony, etc. However, there will never be a time when we are not our present selves. And that can be very frustrating (I know it is for me!).
Here’s what I suggest you do to get yourself closer to your ideal way of life:
1. Write a script
Write a script for a video. Write about some of the challenges you have overcome in your life. Then, write some advice to yourself for when you’re having difficulty in your life, having trouble making a decision, or feeling overwhelmed. Taking a positive and encouraging tone while writing the script works really well for me. Do what works for you.
For more help in writing your script, check out Brett’s awesome post over at PluginID! Remember to write something that resonates with you, because you’re not doing this for anyone but yourself.
2. Record the Video
Sit down in front of your camera, wherever you feel comfortable, and start recording! If you have a Flip Cam or a Camcorder, you can record a video of yourself and save the video to your computer. You can also use a webcam. If you have a Mac, EvoCam worked great for me! If you have Windows, you can probably use the software that came with your webcam, or you can check out a program like WebCamMax. If you don’t have a webcam or any type of camcorder, you should definitely get one! The payoff will be worth it just by recording this video for yourself!
3. Watch the video every morning, and every time you need guidance
Now that you’ve recorded a great and empowering video to yourself, it’s time to add it to your morning routine! Every morning, makes sure to watch your video.
It’s one thing to watch inspiring videos of other people, But there’s something very magical about watching a video of your past self, urging you to move forward in the right direction. So write the script, record the video, and watch it every day. It will keep you going where you want to go; and before you know it, you’ll become your ideal self.
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