People who are proactive set a plan before walking into the future. Long term thinking prepares you for a more satisfying and deliberate future.
When your choices take into consideration your future self, you automatically consider what could happen in the future—you think about the effects and consequences of your present decisions.
You cannot create a perfect plan for the next 10 years, but you can be prepared, radical, and proactive about habits that could help you live an improved life when you are ten or twenty years older.
Each passing day of every month teaches us lessons but planning for the decades to come pays off in the long-run. In a world where everything is instantly gratified, delaying rewards is a superpower.
Once you keep developing habits that could pay off long-term, you will eventually arrive in the future and enjoy countless awards.
“Be radically proactive about any behavior that pays off in 10 years,” as written by James Clear, maybe a better way to say this.
More often than not, we do not treat this kind of behavior as important because we look for instant results. When you plan in 10 and 20-year profits, you don’t just spend time, you also invest it.
1. Self-investing is the foundation of long-term wealth
Investing in yourself is a lifelong process.
You might not get the rewards instantly. But guess what information increases and helps you develop even greater decisions about your future.
“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment,” as stated by The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People author, Stephen Covey.
You can do self-investment by acquiring knowledge on how to create something of value to a lot of people, learning and developing a skill that makes you essential in the future, or by reading materials or books on topics you care about.
You may also invest in the future by setting up an account for your investments that makes it easy to put a percentage of your income monthly.
In building long-term wealth, you should invest a small percentage of your salary into a broad-based fund monthly.
2. Reading guarantees to make you smarter over time
Reading puts the brain to work. It actually does help us to get ahead in life as well. People who are successful are enchanted to great books for a number of great reasons.
Reading books makes your mind active — your knowledge grows and changes as it makes new connections and recognizes various patterns.
“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach,” the Chilean Novelist, Roberto Bolaño once said.
You must read books to improve yourself and to seek pleasure as well.
It is one great way to unwind after a long exhausting day.
In fact, according to CNBC, reading reduces stress and boosts emotional intelligence.
You may consider reading for 15–20 minutes daily before you start working. You’ll be surprised at how much your focus has improved even before opening your work computer.
3. Make time side hustles
Most people ignore side hustles because they’re too occupied to make time for something that could bring out the best in them.
Our day jobs can easily overshadow our passion projects like creating a novel, starting a YouTube channel, developing a skill, creating art, learning a new instrument, designing, learning to code, learning Spanish or other languages, etc.
The secret about passion projects, personal projects, or side hustles, is that even if you do not profit from it in the end, you find joy in the production, especially if it’s something you’re deeply interested in.
Side hustles can make you a happier person — if your actual work stresses you out, start a personal project. Something you enjoy doing. Something that will make you happier in the long run.
Making time for your side hustles is key to living a harmonious life. Persevering side projects is also a great chance to learn different things.
4. Movement is beneficial for your health
Walking has tremendous health benefits. Your future self will be in a healthier state if you start living an active lifestyle today.
If we do not do anything to protect yourselves, our health naturally declines. However, with early intervention, you can slow the body’s deterioration process. Protecting a healthy body and brain is better than trying to repair the damage. Prevention is always better than cure.
Exercise helps reshape the aging process. Any form of movement does not only strengthen your muscles, it also slows down memory loss, increases our brain’s volume, and the quality of connections between neurons. Using the brain during and after exercise triggers improved neuron survival.
An abundance of studies in the past decade highlights that even low-impact exercise is good for your body, brain, and mental health. Exercise also presents itself as a promising way to overcome depression.
If you stop moving for extended periods of time, it is as if telling your body it is time to shut down. The more you move away from your chair and desk, the more chances you have in living a healthier and better life.
Thinking of long-term plans requires active and constant planning. But on the bright side, long-lasting behaviors pay off exponentially.