Every one of us knows that we have to grow old eventually. However, none of us seems to realize this at present and we keep on living our life the way we are living it. Very few of us are smart and they know that they will someday get old, thus they start preparing for in the present.
Besides these few people rest of all of us live in the present without any attention or heed to the undeniable and inevitable future that is just around the corner. In the lines below, I shall discuss with you what these smart people do and how they do it to make sure that their future is as good as their present.
Identify The Distinction:
The prime thing the wise people do is that they identify the distinction between their present and future self. These wise and smart people understand that they have their present self and they have the future that is soon to fall upon them, however, the fact that they are able to differentiate between the two is what makes them wise and smart from others. Rest of the people also knows that they have to grow old, but they don’t see being old in comparison with their present and thus they don’t identify the distinction.
Hence, when people don’t identify the distinction they don’t prepare for the future self and keep on keeping the present self happy and oblivious of what is to fall upon them. On the other hand, smart people identify the distinction, place their present and future self together and try to create a balance where their future self is as happy as their present self. Thus, such people are the ones who know and understand that life is not only what is present, rather future is also a part of life that goes on becoming present with every second and every minute that passes.
What Do They Do?
In order to keep their future and present self happy at the same time, they place both of themselves in front of each other and analyze the kind of effects a particular activity or approach will have on both themselves. For instance, pertaining to eating, they will analyze their eating of junk food with its effects on their present and future self, they will see that eating of junk food makes the present self happy, but it makes the future self equally unhappy as the future self becomes obese and unhealthy. Similarly, when it comes to spending or saving money, they see it with its effect on present and future self. They see how much spending of money would make the future self angry and how much saving will make the present self uncomfortable. Thus, whatever they do in life, they do it by creating a distinction between present and future self and see how their doing will effect both of the selves, and in light of that try to strike a balance where both the selves are happy. In order to achieve this balance, these wise people do to things in particular. These two things are as follows:
The first thing that wise people do to make their both selves happy is practice self-control. In order to make both the selves happy they have to strike a balance which can only be achieved by doing something and refraining from others. Therefore, by practicing self-control they try to keep both the selves happy.
In psychological terms, commitment devices refer to the decisions you make with a cool head in order to bind yourself and stop it from doing something regrettable. Thus, whenever these wise people are at a party they have the commitment device working for them when they pass the dishes at the table, similarly, their commitment devices come into action when they have spare money at their disposal and instead of throwing it on useless things they invest it properly. Therefore, by establishing commitment devices they stop themselves from making bad decisions.
Now it’s Your Turn!
Do you make a decision about your future? Do you do it by keeping in mind your present? How do you ensure that you do the right things in the present to have a good future? Share your insight with us.