03 May Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything—Even Things That Seem Impossible Today
Happiness requires, at least in part, hope for the future.
But the future can sometimes look uncertain and scary, overwhelmingly difficult to understand and to manage!
The future is uncertain, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for it, be ready for it. Because if we can, we can enjoy more hope and optimism and ultimately, happiness.
Check out this great article by Jane McGonigal via Next Big Idea Club …
Jane McGonigal is the Director of Game Research & Development at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. She designs games that aim to improve real lives, and solve real problems. For instance, her game SuperBetter has helped more than one million players tackle real-world health challenges, like depression and chronic pain. She has created and deployed games in over 30 countries for partners such as the American Heart Association, the International Olympics Committee, and the World Bank Institute.
Below, Jane shares 5 key insights from her new book, Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything―Even Things That Seem Impossible Today.
1. Take a ten-year trip to the future.
You may be familiar with the saying “The future starts now.” Catchy as it may be, the future doesn’t start now, or tomorrow, or next month—for professional futurists, it starts ten years from today. Ten years because that is enough time for society, and your own life, to become dramatically different. It’s enough time for new technologies to scale up and achieve global impact. It’s enough time for social movements to achieve historic victories. It’s enough time for big new ideas to take root, gain traction, and change the world.
Thinking on a ten-year timeline will lift the ceiling on your imagination and give you that magical feeling of “time spaciousness” to achieve transformative change. It will help you open your mind, take in new information, reduce your blind spots, increase your empathy, set more optimistic goals, and see a much bigger picture. Whenever your mind feels stuck or rushed, give yourself a ten-year deadline, make a ten-year resolution, create an event on your calendar for ten years from today, or talk to others about how the world might be different in ten years. It will change how you think and feel today…
… keep reading the full & original article HERE