What is your future picture?
Posted by John on January 18, 2010
Whether we are in personal or business life, we all have a “vision” of the ideal situation. But is it specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely? Will you be able to look back in 3, 6, 9, or 18 months and see that you have moved from point A to point B? Or will you be fretting that you have not attained the IDEAL?
Too often, we paint a future picture that uses superlatives and qualifiers that cannot be measured. When that is the case, a business or a person can either fool themselves into believing they have achieved or they will continue to strive while never celebrating that they have moved forward.
Small victories ARE victories! They help us make the mid-course corrections as we move toward the future.
What is your plan to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you? What are the ideals in your future picture that allow you to adjust to what life presents?
We are entering a time of great uncertainty and with great uncertainty comes great opportunity. To capture this, we will need to reach beyond our job, beyond what we are told to do, beyond what we think we should do.
So, can you paint a future picture that is like one of those “flip the pages” books? A new picture on each page, while static a picture, when looked at quickly in retrospect, will show motion and success.
You cannot wait until tomorrow to start. You have friends, network buddies, groups, co-workers who are willing to share in the process. However, you have to take hold of it for yourself and make your own pages.
When you start flipping those pages three, five, or seven years from now, what will your picture look like? Will you have grasped opportunity and the picture will be richer and brighter – or will you hunker down and it will look the same as today? You hold the paint brush.