Who will you be in 10 years?
This is what Pastor Craig refers to as the “Future You.”
Instead of merely trying or wishing for change, we should shift our mindset to that of an athlete training for a competition.
An athlete engages in deliberate practice.
To engage in deliberate practice, we need a clear picture of our “Future You.”
“Hal Hershfield, a psychologist at UCLA, tells us that having a ‘future self’ –a better version of ourselves that we plan on becoming–will change how we live today. His research shows that seeing yourself as a different, future person empowers you to make decisions for the benefit of ‘Future You.’?”
Who do you want to become?
“In her book, Mindset, Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck writes about people who have a ‘fixed mindset.’ Those who falsely believe that who they are today is who they will always be. Dweck explains that unresolved trauma is one reason people get stuck in a fixed mindset a negative experience can become identity forming.”
“Dweck also writes about those who have a ‘growth mindset.’ who luxuriate in ‘the power of yet.’ People with a growth mindset don’t fixate on now because they view themselves as always in a state of becoming. They are confident they are going to become something better, so if they fail or find themselves in an unfavorable circumstance, they view it as a stepping stone to what’s next.”
You can change your mind.
“Dweck has discovered, through years of research, that people with fixed mindsets can learn to have growth mindsets.”
Here’s what the Bible has to say about this topic.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phil. 1:6 NLT
“But God shows undeserved kindness to everyone. That’s why he appointed Christ Jesus to choose you to share in his eternal glory. You will suffer for a while, but God will make you complete, steady, strong, and firm.” 1 Peter 5:10 CEV
“The verb translated ‘continue his work’ in the Philippians verse is ἐπιτελέσει. The verbs translated ‘make you complete’ and make you ‘strong, and firm’ in the 1 Peter verse are στηρίξει and θεμελιώσει.”
“All three are written in the future tense, meaning the action will be happening tomorrow and the day after and the day after that. And all three are written in the indicative mood, meaning the action is not something hoped for or wished for but something that will, for sure, happen.
The good work of transformation God began in you his activity of making you complete, steady, strong, and firm – is something God is doing and will continue to do until his work in you is finally finished.”
“Take a few minutes to write about Future You -the hero you’ll be in ten years. Create a target for yourself. Engage in deliberate practice. Tell yourself and God who you want to become. When you’re done, pray and commit this new vision to him and ask for his help.”1
You will change, and you can become who you want to become.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. -Philippians 4:13 NLT
 Groeschel, C. (2023). The Power to Change: Mastering the Habits That Matter Most. Zondervan.