Note: This is a tough article for those who are interested in new NLP techniques, English Grammar and possibly even the law of attraction. Definitely not for everyone. Those who understand English grammar will know that in fact there are only 2 tenses in grammatical English (present and past), and that future is created by “will”. By the same means, it is advantageous to create a new tense I call Future Completed Tense by using belief in the same way. The use of belief, is why it is one of the new NLP techniques which I believe will become more recognized over this decade.
Tip: Read the following section on Future Completed as if the words are your own and you are speaking them from your own perspective, experience and belief. You will get the most out of the article this way as it is written in future completed tense.
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One of the most effective tools I use to achieve my short and long term goals in life is Future Completed Tense. Future Completed simply involves referring to a future event as if it has already occurred. I speak/write about the future event or goal as if it is already complete.
I got up at 6am each morning this [coming] week.
The way I think of it, is that the most important part of achieving any goal is my belief and decision that I can and will do it. Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint when this actually happens. When I look back, it may be only in hindsight that I can see the string of events which led me to achievement. If I leave this to chance, typically it goes like this:
- First believe I can achieve a goal from my past experiences
- then I decide to do it
- and finally, I know I did it once it is achieved.
Future Completed Tense encompassed the time including the belief, the decision and the achievement of a goal because in many ways, they are one and the same. It anchors the confirmation of achievement to the belief and decision allowing for faster and more certain goal achievement.
Once I believe and decide, the action and achievement are just details.
Future Completed is the language of affirmation and manifestation.
Using NLP Techniques – Future Completed
1. Writing down my goals.
“I wrote and posted an article about Future Completed on UpgradeReality.com“
Explanation: The above is in First Person Future Completed tense. I wrote this down the day before actual completion and there is an implied “On Monday I …” as it was Sunday when I wrote it. Note I specifically avoid even an implied “tomorrow” because for the brain, tomorrow never comes. I use the same technique for daily as well as long term goals.
2. Checking if I am ready and able to achieve something
“It takes me 5 minutes to create my videos”
“I average at least $1000 a day even on weekends”
Explanation: If I can’t say it out loud without feeling uncomfortable like it is a lie, then the simple fact(knowledge) is that it won’t happen. This doesn’t mean I can’t achieve it, but this is a check for if I am ready to achieve it. I may find that I need to work on my commitment(decision) or capabilities(belief) first.
3. To set an example for others.
“I gave up nail biting”
“One of the most effective tools I use to achieve my goals is by using the Future Completed Tense.”
Explanation: This article is written in First Person Future Complete, Narrative Mode. When I write in this form, I encourage the reader to read it as if they are the author of the article re-reading it for themselves. This way the reader is constantly reinforcing the message that they are capable of a new skill just as I am capable.
This URQ Video is also created in 1st Person Future Completed narrative form.
4. To manifest behaviour in others
“You are a confident person”
[To David's mother in earshot of David] “David is great at maths”
[To Mary's boss in earshot of Mary] “Mary always produces excellent reports”
Explanation: The first example is Second Person Future Completed and the other two are in the Third Person form. The only issue with these forms is that if I have not established credibility with the reader, each statement is more open to question. Trust, credibility and genuine intentions are essential in all forms, but easier in the 1st Person.
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End of section written in First Person Future Completed.
The inspirational story of Professor Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows spent a significant portion of his life striving for a world where no one is needlessly blind. He took on a mission of reducing the cost of eye health care and treatment in developing countries and implemented it through manufacturing intra-ocular lenses in third world countries at a fraction of those produced in the west. He also threw himself into training and developing systems for cataract lens operations which took less time, required fewer resources and could be performed in poorer conditions than previously possible. Fred Hollows died in 1993, but his achievement which started as a discussion and decision around the dinner table about a foundation is realized every time someone takes off their eye patches and says “I can see again”.
How this relates to Future Completed:
Fred Hollows’ is an excellent example of how real achievement takes time, but does gain clarity and momentum. His achievement stretches right back from whenever it was that he first decided to help others through to now, after his death, when his goal is achieved through his foundation. In Future Completed time for this goal he would say …
I helped hundreds of thousands of people see again.
Achievement can be ongoing. Achievement can also be after death.
Taking action using NLP
- Write a diary with your goals for the following day as if you have completed them. Remember that one small step each day will get you there.
- There are lots of NLP Books on Amazon covering the standard NLP techniques. NLP (neuro linguistic programming) is extremely powerful, but can also be a little daunting to get into initially. There are more and more good NLP courses, so keep an eye open. This technique has common threads with NLP techniques and practice. The main thing to keep in mind is that NLP is effective for yourself and people you advice professionally, but has limited application for adult family members, loved ones or dependents basically because you can’t really change anyone, you can only show them alternatives and see if they want to change themselves.
- Remember, belief is cornerstone to any achievement as is action.
Additional background (only for those interested in language and grammar)
I invented Future Completed as a Tense after not being able to find an appropriate term for this language form or time period in the English grammar rules. I did consider calling it other names like Goal or Continuum Tense because it refers to a time period, including the past, present and future (the commonly known tenses) encompassing the belief, the decision and the achievement of a goal. However, being a practical kind of person, I felt that Future Completed best describes the tense when applied to achieving goals and Upgrading your Reality.
The Narrative Mode form has similarities to the narrative mode used in some historical documentaries where the narrator speaks of the past as if it is happening now or in the future. EG “Gandhi is now walking through the garden among his followers” or “Later in the day, Gandhi will walk through the gardens among his followers”.
Is Future Completed really a tense?
Ok, now we are getting theoretical and beyond the core message of this article. But for those passionate enough to take up the language challenge, my considerations are as follows:
- The word “Tense” derives from the Old French for Time (derived from Latin) and Future Completed is about a way of looking at time.
- English actually only has 2 grammatical tenses (past and present) but the term “future tense” is in common use because it is [arguably] easier to teach a language with past, present and future tenses although an alternate approach would be to tell students up front that there are only 2 tenses and you can express the future in several ways using “will”, “shall”, etc.
- The closest match is really the “perfect” and “imperfect” (referring to an action which is either “completed” or “incomplete”). In naming a new way to think about the time when an action occurs “Perfect” sounds uppity and besides, very few things that actually get done, get done “perfectly”. ”Incomplete” is also not quite the message, but “completed” has a nice ring.
Therefore with time, common use and some poetic license … well give it a go and make up your own mind.
P.S. If you liked this article, check out this URQ Video is also created in 1st Person Future Completed narrative form.