How the end-of-history illusion prevents you from shaping your future self
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The end-of-history illusion is when we underestimate how much our personalities, work situations and values will change in the future.
The end-of-history illusion was coined in 2013. It is based on a series of studies showing that people tend to think that they will change relatively little in the future, even though they've changed tremendously in the past.
People believe that the person they are now will be who they are for the rest of their lives. It can create certain effects:
Thinking about our past selves can help foster the right mindset about how we might change in the future.
Consider penning down a vision statement - what you really want in the future.
Also consider relationships, children, running a company, or speaking another language. Once you have written your vision statement, you can plan to change for the better.
Sharing your personal vision is vital to help keep you accountable. It compels you to change your behaviour to be consistent with your story.
Your trusted colleagues and friends can also cheer you along the way.
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