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What Was Your FlashForward

What was your FlashForward? A way to create your own future in 6 easy steps and. Tell us what your FlashForward was

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I have been watching a great new TV series, one of the few times I watch TV, called FlashForward. So far I am loving it, I just hope it does not turn out to be another 'Lost' or 'Heroes' which I loved when they first came out.

The basic premise of the story so far is that the whole world blacked out at exactly the same time. The blackout lasted 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Whilst everyone was unconscious they had a vision of an event six months into their future. When the realisation dawns on them that their visions are starting to come true, they are all left wondering what they should do about their future.

As ever there's a post idea in everything and watching FlashForward was no different.

What is your FlashForward

Predicting your total future may not be possible however predicting part of your future is very possible. It starts in the mind, it starts with a vision of what you want your life to be like, it starts with a thought and it starts now.

What you can do here is something quite radical. Instead of waiting for coincidences to occur in your life, and see where they take you, you are going to create a future that has already happened and create the coincidences, so you are going to the coincidences. Sound weird?

Creating your FlashForward

1. Think of a goal you want to achieve within 6 months.

It can be any goal you want. I have two goals, closely related, for my online business that I am working on. One is to have a book published and the other is to have 10,000 subscribers to the blog.

2. Start creating your FlashFoward


I have already designed a cover for my book, albeit a very tentative cover. I have started writing as if I have already got 10,000 subscribers i.e. more appreciative of the reader, regular posts, new thinking, blog design etc.

3. Start creating your coincidences

That might sound like a paradox, and that's because it is. Coincidences are created by seemingly chance events, however, these chance events could not have happened without you doing something or being somewhere to make the chance event happen. So in light of this we will do something to make coincidences more likely to happen. In my example I joined a Blogging Bootcamp with Leo Babauta and subsequently got one of my posts published on his blog which brought in an extra 3-400 subscribers which meant I I gained credibility. Due to this I managed to secure other paid writing work with other blogs which has led me to more work. So, had I not joined the blogging bootcamp I wouldn't be in the position I am just now with regards to the blogging.

We can literally create our own luck by making the odds of coincidences and luck go more in our favour. It's like winning the lottery; you've got to be in it to win it.

4. Create a Flashforward sheet for each goal

Create a FlashForward sheet for each of your goals. Please click on this link to view one I have created. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but one that it is editable to add more things as they come up.   this is the page that is very important as you will be reading it a lot over the course of six months.

This is a great way to concrete your FlashForward in your minds eye and make it more a reality.

5. Keep creating your coincidences

A lot of people give up quite easily and can be disheartened very quickly. You will never realise how close you are to your goals when you give in. If you are feeling like giving in then look up stories of people in a similar situation to your own. Buy a 'Chicken Soup' book, cry a little, and then get right back in the game.

6. What happens if your Flashorward doesn't happen

Nothing! You create another FlashForward and move on. What happened when you didn't become a world famous ballerina, which you had wanted to be since the age of 3, what happened when you didn't become state champion wrestler which you wanted since high school? You moved on, you pick yourself back up and move on. So it is with your FlashForwards. DFust them off and keep going with another one or move the time frame of the existing one.

What was your FlashForward

Let us know what your FlashForward was and how you're going to get there. Looking forward to some interesting stories.

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About the author

Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the author of The Belief Principle and an online trainer teaching personal development and online business.  He is also the creator of this blog which has been running since August 2006.