What Would My Best Self Do? Cut Through the Noise

In a survival game, you only have one life. How do you make the most of that? This is what my best self would probably do in order to be more successful with limited resources:

Black white bearded man looking in the mirror.

An old buddy passed away recently, and his funeral is just a few states away. You’re considering attending, but the flights are too costly, you’re swamped with work this week, and you haven’t spoken to him in a long time.

You’ve decided to terminate your relationship with your girlfriend, and you’re debating whether to tell her in person or by text. Face-to-face would be a nice gesture, but it’ll almost certainly be uncomfortable, because the connection wasn’t that serious, right?

Even though you’ve returned home from work, you still have a few emails to respond to. When your child asks you to play a game, part of you wants to say yes, but another part of you wants to cross a few things off your to-do list.

We’re all confronted with such decisions on a daily basis. You can’t pick between two solutions that appear equally practical or logical, or at least you’ve come up with enough arguments to frame them as such.

“What would my best self do?” asks Father James Martin, a very useful yardstick for finding clarity on these types of situations.

This inquiry can frequently cut through the clutter of your indecision, allowing you to see the best option straight away.

You undoubtedly have an image in your head of how you want to be when you’re at your best. Frequently, you fall short of that ideal, and the chasm between who you are today and who you aspire to be is enormous and insurmountable. Fortunately, you don’t have to make that change all at once; you may achieve it gradually, by making tiny, consistent decisions.

Each time you ask yourself what your best self would do and then act on that answer, you’ll move closer to being that person.