Most people have never been asked to contemplate the question:
"What do you hope to achieve in your life and what kind of person do you want to be?"
This realization was the genesis of the Future Authoring program. Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, decided to ask his students to sit down and write about their ideal future. They were asked to specifically describe the type of person they wanted to be, the skills they wanted to attain, and the relationships they wanted to have, among other things.
Simply through this guided contemplation, Dr. Peterson's students found themselves feeling like they had more direction in life. They were less anxious about the uncertainty of the future, and knew what they could do today to start down the path of becoming the person they wanted to be.
Since that first class, the Future Authoring program has been designed, refined, and deployed to thousands of people. It has been found to be profoundly effective at aligning goals with actions, and helping people define what they want their future to look like and achieve it.
It empowers people with the ability to author their own future.
HOW IT WORKS
Future Authoring begins by helping participants define their goals, personally and professionally, for their life. This is a crucial component, as many people have never taken the time to formulate specific goals for their future that go beyond superficial achievements like having lots of money and a big house. In the Future Authoring program, participants must define meaningful achievements such as the types of relationships they'll have and how they'll view themselves.
Once goals have been established, participants are guided through steps to translate their life goals into distinct actions they can take on a regular basis. Through having well-defined goals, and a clear understanding of how they can be achieved, participants begin to re-calibrate their daily actions towards the attainment of these hopes.
Future Authoring is administered as a series of writing prompts. Participants are encouraged to write as much as possible with no need for proper grammar or spelling. It is effective for people of all writing abilities.
Future Authoring has been used by over 10,000 people and has shown to help them achieve more, while alleviating anxiety about the future through a feeling of clarity of purpose and direction.
While most Future Authoring participants feel better about their future and generally achieve more towards their goals, there have been academic studies performed to demonstrate the effect of the Future Authoring program:
Four hundred students completed an abbreviated version of the Future Authoring program during freshman orientation at an undergraduate college. By the second semester, 27% of the class had dropped out, while only 14% of the group that had used Future Authoring had left the college.
Other university studies have shown that not only does Future Authoring help students avoid dropping out, but it also improves their performance in terms of grade point average and the number of credits earned.
- High School & College Students
- Participants in behavior modification programs
- Personal Development
- Professional Development
- People undergoing major transition (into retirement, soldiers returning to civilian life, etc.)
- Delivered on any computer with an internet connection – no need for supervision
- Program length is customizable
- Customizable to suit specific needs (e.g. weight-loss, impulse control, life transition, etc.)