Before Breakfast - Picture your second act

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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

Good morning. This is Laura.

00:00:47 before breakfast podcast today's tip is about how to raise your chances of saving for the future.

We all know we are supposed to be saving for retirement. This is also really hard for a lot of people to do their our current needs, of course, and I know a lot of people are experiencing tough Financial Times another problem retirement as a concept is not always a compelling goal. It's the absence of something and it's also something that a very future you will be experiencing some research involving brain scans have found that people often think about their future selves in the same way that they think about people they just vaguely know you are not likely to make big sacrifices for a near stranger.

But other research has found that when people see aged images of themselves this distance intendancy disappears when we can vividly picture our future selves. We feel a sense of connection to them. Now. I am not recommending downloading one of those slightly sketchy photo apps that allows you to figure out what future you will look like and who knows where that information is going. However, I do think that if you want to take care of your future self, there's Merit to the idea of picturing your future self as vividly as possible. So today try it out think of yourself and say 20 years or maybe 30 or 40 years. If you're a much younger listener, where are you waking up? What do you do when you wake up? Where are you eating breakfast? How are you spending your morning? What are you wearing? Who else is there? What are you talkin about?

What are you doing to entertain yourself? When you look at your calendar for the day? What might be there what you would you be excited about and I suppose to what would your finances look like to enable all this maybe see yourself visiting a favorite place. They're spending time on a hobby you enjoy you see yourself running on the volunteer program that you felt too busy to really invest in. Now this exercise has several up sides one is that when your future self becomes more Vivid you feel more compelled to make choices that help your future self that take out dinner that you don't really care about him before God when you think about buying your future self a plane ticket somewhere awesome, but and honestly, this is the better part. I've also found that picturing future day-to-day life can give you clues about what you might like to put into your life now.

Because while saving is great, I've never actually been that big fan of the retirement concept. It's all about not doing something not working and life can't be lived in the negative better to figure out what you'd like to do with your time. When you have enough money not to have to work and then figure out how you might do some of that stuff. Now you can move up the timeline what kind of work would you never want to retire from? Maybe it's not possible to do all of that that maybe some of its possible and then you have the best of both worlds you're saving for the future and living part of that Future 2.

50 day take some time to picture your second act picture your future self. See you want to take care of him or her and then figure out how to put some of that future selves good life and to practice right now.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

Hey everybody. I'd love to hear from you. You can send me your tips your questions or anything else. Just connect with me on Twitter Facebook and Instagram at before breakfast pod. That's be the number for then breakfast pod. You can also shoot me an email at before breakfast podcast at that before breakfast is spelled out with all the letters. Thanks so much. I look forward to staying in touch.

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