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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>Possible futures</h1>
<small>2016-04-27</small>
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	I occasionally get a big vision for my future — a huge project that will take many months or years.
	Something exciting and very worth doing.
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	I’ll do a bunch of research, make a bunch of plans, and feel like I’ve made a big decision on a new direction in life.
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	Then a month later, I have a completely different vision.
	Something unrelated to the previous one.
	Something I’m <em>more</em> excited about.
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	And the process repeats.
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	I used to feel bad about this.
	Like I should stop having new ideas for the future, and just stick with one.
	I used to feel bad for not acting on them.
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	Then I made a little change that made a big difference: on my computer, I made a folder called “Possible Futures.”
	For each big plan, I make a new file in that folder and put all of my ideas and research into it.
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	Now I can daydream all I want, not feeling bad that I’m not taking action, because it’s clear that <strong>each plan is just one of many possible futures.</strong>
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	This collection of plans also reminds me that <strong>I love daydreaming, just for its own sake.</strong>
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	I’ve got seventy-two different futures in there as of today.
	A few times a year, I read through them all.
	Some seem stupid now, but some get more and more enticing with time.
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	When I finish a big project and I’m feeling ready for a new future, I open this folder and pick one to make real.
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