Talking from your ‘old self’ to your ‘present self’

Usually, we when set long-distance goals, we get all fired up with energy and motivation to get the job done. We envision how wonderful our lives will be when we accomplish them, and we become absolutely determined to do what it takes to reach them.

But somewhere down the line, we lose that energy. It could be months later, days later, or even minutes later. So how do we get back our drive to work, right when we need it most?

This is no easy question, and it is one which I’m know many people deal with every day, and many others have tackled it, and tried to come up with solutions to it. Please let me know what you have found.

I have some of my own ways (which I plan on outlining in a future post – if I can get to it!!!), and one common thread through many of them is having your “old self” encourage your “present self.”As if they are having a discussion together.

(This relates very strongly to the notion of the “divided self,” which is also a well-analyzed topic. Freud, for instance, labelled it as the war between the “Superego,” the “Ego,” and the “Id.” Let me know if you’d like to explore that topic! )

So the trick here is to do find ways to have these “selves” communicate more easily. Even if it’s as simple as writing down your goal: that piece of paper becomes a “time traveler” in a sense, reminding the present self about the past self.

I think that having a sense of multiple “selves” can help us to associate with those that serve us best given each situation we face.


About Nathan Wong

21, social psychology student. Workshop designer and facilitator, MBTI enthusiast. Blogs about applying psychology to education, and finding pathways to multidimensional learning. Topics of interest: Within psychology: group dynamics, personality theories, human motivation, and organizational culture. Outside of psychology: electoral systems, different cultures, politics, social issues.

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