We all need something to look forward to. While living in the present is a beneficial practice, when going through difficult situations, a healthy sense of anticipation into the future can give the motivation and persistence to keep moving forward through tough times. A few simple examples include:
– Fun weekend plans can keep you focused if you are having a bad day at work.
– Changing an unhealthy habit like quitting smoking? Planning a vacation with the money you are saving, not buying cigarettes, may help curb impulses.
– Giving a stressful presentation at work? Plan a lunch break after.
Humans need things to feel optimistic about in the future even if they aren’t going through tough times. Take a moment and think about what you look forward to whether it’s spending time with your kids, seeing a movie, or spending time with a friend. Find something to make your future look a little brighter and happier, add them to your calendar and take pleasure in the anticipation of good things to come.