For Best Results, Your Future Begins Sooner Than You Think – Daily Quote



When does the future begin? A popular theory says “right now” is three seconds long. So does it start in four seconds or next year? Studies by Hal Hershfield at UCLA and Sam Maglio at the University of Toronto conclude the answer depends on you and how connected you are to your future self. Individual perceptions of when the present ends varied from “right now” to a year from now.  Those perceived time frames influenced current choices and, by extension, held a significant impact on their futures. While individual perceived timeframes tend to remain stable, external factors can change them.

The research suggests that the closer we imagine the future to begin, the more compelled we are to act. Counting time in days versus months or years changes your context. Ninety days feel closer than three months or the first quarter. The future events importance, a wedding, graduation, saving for retirement, planning a trip, do not matter as much as how we interpret the time-matrix. People who thought of their retirement beginning in 10,950 days instead of 30 years started saving four times sooner. Thinking of an event in days made the future feel closer and connected to today.

The more future self-continuity you feel, the more likely you will decide to take action today to affect your future self. By now, most New Year Resolutions have disappeared in the mist. I wonder if we would experience improved results if our resolutions lasted for a month or a day?

How connected are you to your future?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

7 thoughts on “For Best Results, Your Future Begins Sooner Than You Think – Daily Quote

  1. I must admit, I’m not well-connected to my future. I have such a bias toward the present, maybe because of the training I received in spiritual direction, which emphasizes the now. Which is not to say that the future should be ignored. To begin with, that’s not reasonable. But this will be a challenge for me.

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    • The concept of when the present ends and the future begins has always been intriguing. The study really opened my eyes, and I have had a shift in how I am now approaching my goals.

      Let me know what you discover. I am always curious. 🙂👍

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      • Hmm. Isn’t spirituality concerned with your purpose? I know each individual can interpret and have different significance and meanings for the word, but if it is tied to purpose, your reason for being, doesn’t that imply a forward/future looking element?

        When you ask questions like “How can I be a better (human, sister, brother…)? Are you not looking to improve the future self in some way?

        I agree spirituality focuses on the now, with how questions are phrased. “What can I do today?” Those bring up a sense of imperfection in the “now” and a longing/desire to improve in the future, whether the future is in five minutes or five years.

        Maybe I’m way off base here.


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