Have you spent any time thinking about the future, in say 2012? Your future?
Sometimes the demands placed upon us daily take up so much of our time; it’s hard to find even a moment to consider the future.
But whether you are ready, or not… 2012 is coming… and fast.
And you are the one who is charged with determining exactly what that future will look like for you.
You live in a fast-paced culture in which everything is in motion. And there are no signs of turning back. Standing still doesn’t work, either. At least, not for very long.
So how do we make sure that our rapidly-accelerating lives don’t pass us by like a furious flash of un-fulfilling nothingness?
I’d like to suggest some tips that can help, but before you read on, I want you to recognize and remember this…
Your current results or circumstances (that you faced in 2011) are in no way a reflection of what is possible for you in the future.
Your potential is unlimited. And the thoughts, ideas, and plans that you focus upon from this day forward will ultimately shape and direct your future.
Here are some ideas to consider…
1) Stop- First, you need to pause… kind of like how you’d approach a “STOP” sign at an intersection. A brief stop, long enough to look in each direction before proceeding. While paused, take a moment to consider WHAT is MOST IMPORTANT to you at this point in your life. Is it your family? Your career? Your relationships? What brings you joy? What are you so passionate about?
2) Consider some Editing– Then, take a moment to consider, what are some things that DO NOT bring you joy? How could you begin to “edit” them out of your day? Maybe there are some activities or behaviors that are not supporting the vision you have of your highest self? Maybe there are some relationships that you need to extricate yourself from?
3) Commit to Carving– Now think about HOW would you spend more time, TODAY and TOMORROW, doing more of what it is that you want to do? Don’t worry about next week or next month. Just consider today, YES! Starting today. No need for any New Year resolutions. Figure out how to carve out a small segment in the next 24 hours. Maybe you could wake up 30 minutes earlier in the morning? Or perhaps go to bed 30 minutes later tonight?
Small, incremental commitments of time, directed toward doing what makes you happy, will have a beneficial effect in all areas of your life. Spending time in this frame of mind will become a habit that will replace older, out-dated, less productive habits.
But you have to get started. You need to actively and intentionally plan the way you want your future to look, in 2012. If you passively stand by, you can be sure that your tomorrow, next week, next month, and 2012 will just become a more distressed and less fulfilling version of the past.
You have the opportunity to shape your future. I don’t know exactly what you are facing or what you are going through, but I do know that if you will work at it, and take an active role in determining how it will unfold, certainly, your best is yet to come!
Be creative, as 2012 unwinds in just a few more days!
Happy New Year, 2012.
Dr Surya M Ganduri, PhD. PMP. is the Founder & President of eMBC, Inc., an international firm specializing in strategic and executive leadership development processes that Help People Succeed in an Evolving World. Dr Surya has over 28 years of business experience in management consulting, leadership development, executive coaching, process improvements, organizational development and youth leadership. For more information visit www.eMBCinc.com or contact eMBC, Inc., directly at (630) 445-1321.