Cheer On Your Future Self

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
– George Bernard Shaw

Cheering on your future self is hard because you don’t know where they are, what they’re doing, or who they’re doing anything with. What you do know is that you’re in charge of those endings.

Take a look back the different versions of your past selves, are you proud of them? Are they rooting you on? Maybe they’re holding you back or doing some things you aren’t too proud of. Maybe you’ve just drifted along with the tide not making any real effort that benefits future you. The entire point is to not look at where you want to be, who you want to be with, or do what you want – it’s to be whole-heartedly in love with who you are and the rest will follow.

Take some ownership

Invest in yourself by owning what you do. Take pride in the fact that God gave you some talents and you’re pretty damn good at them. Invest in your talents by paying for that website subscription, renting that gallery, or taking those classes!

Decide who you want to be

This isn’t about picking a career, spouse, or becoming a dog mom. This is about deciding your values. Do you want live honestly, have integrity, be bold? Decide your attributes.

I’ve realized I’ve been living a lot of my life trying to act big and bad, but in reality that’s not me. Instead I’m deciding to be someone who is forgiving, loves myself, and loves others. I try not to take things so personally anymore and not to get upset over minor inconveniences. Negative thoughts waste everyone’s time, energy, and happiness.

Live how you decide to be

Take your qualities you’ve chosen from above and apply them. This is the hard part. There will be days you slip up, but keep on keepin’ on! You’re not perfect and no one expects you to be, but staying conscious of who you’ve decided to be will better your life and those around you. Being mindful of your actions and how you respond to the actions around you can bring peace and solidify your decisions.

Define your own success

Stop comparing yourself to others.

Stop comparing yourself to others.

Stop comparing yourself to others.

You are as successful as you are planned to be. No one defines your success besides you and the dude upstairs, okay? If your friends are getting married, having children, and buying houses – it’s okay that you still live at home, have a cat, and work at a restaurant. No one is judging you and if they are, screw ’em.

Mundane tasks

Back to The Slight Edge! Doing those mundane tasks everyday can improve your life – if they are positive. You’ll begin to create a world around you that shines a little brighter, smells a little crisper, and looks a ton of a whole lot better. Remember, these things are just as easy to do as not to do.

Declutter

Toxic friends? Bye. Bad relationship? See ya. Annoying family member? No Christmas card.

You’re allowed to walk away from people, jobs, relationships, clothes, and memories that bring you down. It can suck, it can be hard, but it can be done – take it from me.

Always look forward

When I was in high school and running track, my coach always told me, “don’t look back or you’ll slow down and get passed.” It was true! I tested her theory and went from 2nd place in the 800 to 7th. I was also peeing in my pants, but you get my drift.

THE POINT IS, don’t look back and say “I should’ve done this, I should’ve done that”. Past you has made their bed and now you’re lying in it – let’s hope someone changed the sheets.


It’s easy to cheer on your future self if you’re mindful of them. There have been plenty of times in my life where I could’ve cared less where future Marley ended up and I’ve had to pay the consequences. Don’t make future you pay your debts. Own your shit now and go cheer on yourself. After all, no one else is a bigger fan of you than you.