Try This When You're Tempted to Eat Junk, Skip Your Workout...

Over the years, I’ve shared a handful of tips on cultivating new habits and curbing cravings, like this, this, this and this. Here’s another super effective strategy I often use:

Future Selfing

Future selfing is contemplating how your future self will feel if you do or don’t take a certain action. It looks like this:

  • If I eat this junk food, my future self will feel sleepy, cranky, heavy and guilty. 
  • If I don't skip my morning workout, my future self will feel strong, focused, energized and less stressed at work today. Tonight, after a long workday, my future self will be so happy and relieved that I already exercised today.
  • If I drink wine tonight, my future self will feel tired, foggy and sluggish tomorrow morning rather than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
  • If I ignore my body's fullness cues at dinner, my future self will be stuffed, bloated and gassy, and won’t sleep well. It will also be angry and disappointed that I overate once again.
  • If I watch one more episode of this Netflix show, my future sell will be irritable, impulsive, unfocused and unproductive tomorrow.

The next time you’re tempted to act in a way that’s out of alignment with your highest intentions (e.g., eat healthier, exercise consistently, sleep more, etc.), pause and consider your future self. Doing so will help you make the most nourishing choice for both your present and future self.

And remember, don’t give up what you want most for what you want right now!