Seeing the Future

What something looks like at the start is often very different from what it ends up being in the end.

As in, “If you keep doing that, you’ll end up broke” or, “Sit up straight or you’ll have back problems” or, “If I start jogging I’ll lose that pesky twenty pounds.”

While all of those things are true, it’s going to take more than one jog around the block to lose weight, and a lifetime of bad posture can be corrected with daily mindfulness about sitting up straighter.  And you can always stop spending money like you don’t have a budget.

In order to see the future, we have to create it.  Napoleon Hill, business and motivational author

And that takes effort.  Planning.  Dreaming.  Correction.  Belief in the possibility of our dreams.

We can’t actually see the future.

We can see what we want it to look like, from right here, right now, but it’s virtually guaranteed that unless we have master-planning skills and can control every variable, what we envision and what we end up with are two totally different things entirely.

Don’t let that stop you, though, because the world needs your gift.  It needs you to plan the future. Others are counting on you (and hoping you’ll step up) to create a world that’s brighter and cleaner than the one today.

The LED light bulb, which uses less than 10% of its incandescent brother, is coming to fruition because of a vision for cleaner energy.  Space travel is available to every person on the planet, because somebody dreamed it up, and started working on it.

Every book you read and organization you interact is the result of ongoing dreaming and planning.

Here’s how you can start creating your future today:

  1. Turn off all noise- cell phones, computers, radio, etc.  
  2. Sit and think about what you want your future to look like.
  3. Write it down.
  4. Get started working on the most important thing on your list.

I was recently assigned the task of architecting a doghouse.  Since I had built one before, I had confidence in how it would turn out.  But I needed plans, because we would pre-cut the wood and build it in a remote area.

So I started drawing, and created a spreadsheet for playing with dimension possibilities.  And I redrew the doghouse several times before I came up with the one I was going to build.

What I saw in my mind was nothing like what I ended up with.

Life’s like that.  We often set out toward a destination, only to end up somewhere else entirely.  But just like an airplane’s only exactly on course 1% of the time, we must make corrections along our journey if we’re to reach our destination.

And work on it every single day.

What do you want your future to look like?

Where have you struggled in the past with following through on your vision, despite the obstacles?

Thanks for reading.