Your Future Self: How to stop underestimating what you can do


It’s been over a year since I first challenged myself to write down 100 things I want to do in my lifetime. This was my way of doing a bucket list and not feel super cliche. I set a timer for 20 minutes and came up with 50.

Not allowing myself to feel unimaginative, I decided to prioritize the 50 things I did have by writing down approximate years I could see myself doing them.

Theme #1: nearly all were clustered in 2018-2019. My honest report: I got to 7 things. 

  1. Pet an elephant (here’s me freaking out)
  2. Go to another Broadway show (we saw Come From Away..holy moly!)
  3. See manatees 
  4. Eat Thai food in Thailand
  5. Do improv in front of an audience
  6. Get another tattoo
  7. Walk at least 3 dogs at the same time (I dunno, I’ve always wanted to do this)

Theme #2: my values. I clearly value travel, animals, and trying my best to be brave. Aka: my motivation to work hard at being a virtual entrepreneur and coach!

Theme #3: relates to something our buddy Bill Gates once said: 

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”


How can this be? Well, studies show our brains have a hard time thinking beyond 3-5 years (thanks to our medial prefrontal cortex). In fact, The Institute for the Future (this makes me happy), just completed a first major study on future thinking and found that:

  • 53% of Americans say they rarely or never think about the “far future” or something that might happen 30 years from today
  • 21% report imagining the future less than once a year
  • 32% say the future never crosses their mind at all

So which category do you fall in? And how do make sure we’re not underestimating what we can achieve?

I’m helping you out!

Click below to instantly get access to my guide for dreaming BIG and making things happen. I’m giving you lots of prompts to get you inspired and a system for prioritizing.

Click here to make a copy of my 100 Things To Do In My Lifetime spreadsheet!


I’d love to hear how it goes @coach_lins.