POTENTIAL: Your Future Identity—What empowers you? What holds you back?

Force Field Analysis diagram with for and against arrows

What will you accomplish in the future? What are your plans and goals?

Your guides/supports/opportunities (subpersonalities, role models, mentors, groups, etc.) are forces that can pull you up, excite you, empower you, and allow you to access your best self/Higher Self in order to achieve your goals. These also include activities such as positive thinking, visualization, affirmations, and accountability.

Your gremlins/saboteurs/challenges (inner critic, bullies, enemies, antagonists, etc.) are the forces that can hold you back, keep you stuck and small, and prevent you from achieving your goals. These also include issues such as fears, worries, negative thinking, and depression.

Together, both of these forces create your force field (or “life space”). Whichever force is stronger dictates how much movement, if any, you will make towards your goals. You can diminish one side by strengthening the other, and vice-versa.

To analyze these positive and negative forces influencing your goals, use the Force Field Analysis, created by Kurt Lewin, a German-American social psychologist. This tool is used for decision making in business, social science, etc., and is very helpful in personal development analysis.

The Guides vs. Gremlins Sheet is also helpful in defining your helper and detractor forces in general.

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