Alexis Monville (en)

Introducing The Best Possible Self

👋 Hey Software Engineers, Team Leaders, and Dreamers!

Do you ever find yourself stuck in the present, unsure of how to make your future brighter? Today, I want to share another transformative practice from my book, “I am a Software Engineer and I am in Charge,” co-authored with Michael Doyle.

🎯 Introducing: The Best Possible Self

🤔 What Is It? This is an exercise designed to clarify your goals and build optimism about your future. It’s a simple yet powerful way to visualize the life you want to lead.

🌟 Why Use It? Research shows that being optimistic about your future can actually motivate you to make that future a reality. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy in the best way possible.

👣 How to Get Started

1️⃣ Prepare a calendar with checkboxes for the next five days.

2️⃣ Each day, spend at least five minutes writing about your best possible future. Use the hot pen technique—write without editing.

3️⃣ Be specific. What needs to change? What will you learn? What habits will you adopt?

4️⃣ After five days, review your writings. Do you see recurring themes? Write them down.

📝 Note: If you miss a day, don’t be too hard on yourself. The key to success is simply restarting.

🔄 Why It Matters Visualizing your best possible self not only boosts your mood but also provides a roadmap for your future. It’s a win-win!

📚 Want to explore more practices like this? Check out our book at I am in Charge.

👇 Have you ever tried a similar exercise? What were your key takeaways? Share your thoughts!