If evidence of achievement is yet to be experienced, staff can use ‘imaginal experiences’ to create a desired future image of oneself – one’s Best Possible Self. Encourage the young person to write, or visually create, a future auto-portrait following these instructions:
‘Imagine that you’ve achieved what you aimed for, that your best potentials have come to be realised. Write about and vividly imagine yourself in that future.’
This exercise enhances confidence and optimism, helps achieve a better integration between priorities and goals, and increases happiness. The idea is to make the Best Possible Self tangible enough to encourage actions, to make sure this future self comes true.
Adapted from Boniwell 2015 – read more here
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