It would be a bold undertaking indeed, to be one’s ideal self for even an hour, much less regularly. The idea keeps coming up in my mind. When I want a behavior change, rewards usually work pretty well. But most rewards that interest me are not ideal, often involving too much sugar or cash. Ideally, being one’s best would be its own reward. I’ve yet to have that work, maybe I haven’t held out long enough.
I could start by figuring out exactly what this individual would look like. I know she would be less self-involved and more altruistic. I also know that I’m much more interested in getting into Barbie doll physical condition, which is not likely to happen, and a waste of time to attempt. (But doing it wouldn’t rule out altruism; it’s not either/or.) Obviously, my first bold step would be for my operating systems to get a clear idea of what my Real Best would be. Or maybe this is just procrastination, and I should go straight to work at a soup kitchen this minute, without much more than a glance in a mirror, or any further nattering over self-improvement.
Do you feel you’re living at your potential much or most of the time? What does that mean? How’d you get there?