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Seeing The Future

Posted by: admin September 22nd, 2016

Some days are all about having another caffeine shot to keep energised as you work through your endless to-dos. When you've not yet landed that contract and it seems all your time is spent on administration and organisation (especially when these activities drain you), it is essential to have your 'why' within sight. The reason you are able to make that introductory call, attend another networking event (even though you are inherently introverted by nature) and can press through the 'dull' days is because of your 'why' - the dream that pulls you towards your preferred future.

I have long nurtured the dream of 'one day' working for myself and building a business. I'd daydream of being able to make a real difference in the lives of those around me, my heart grieved by the plight of so many suffering injustices around the world, and my own ever-present financial challenges. But that's as far as it went - a daydream.

The truth is that our dreams will often remain just that - unless we commit them to paper - see them, feel what it will be like to achieve them, imagine ourselves living that reality. And then we must also have a goal to reach our dream, we must create a plan.

"Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it.”  - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery first flew an aeroplane at the tender age of 12 but had to overcome failure, rejection and many obstacles before finally reaching his dream of becoming a pilot.

"You’ll Never Change Your Life Until You Change Something You Do Daily"
- John C Maxwell

Working hard is not enough

My mentor, John C Maxwell, identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazines in 2014, has spent decades teaching leadership and personal growth strategies, and providing practical tools to achieving personal and business goals. One of things he often addresses when talking on the subject of Leadership, is about the Law of Intentionality and how we must often first recognise that we do not know how to grow and therefore may need help along the way.

What keeps you sane on dull days? I find my inspiration in my dreams, yes, but also in knowing that those less than inspiring tasks and activities are the groundwork upon which I can daily build my preferred future.

I know I need to grow and develop into the person I need to be in order to realise my dreams. I've found too, that personal growth does not happen by chance. I have had to seek out like-minded, growth-oriented individuals who encourage and challenge me, who call out the greatness in me.

I'm a late starter, but no matter. I cannot change the past, but I can change my future by deliberately choosing what I do daily.

"It's never too late to be what you might have been" - George Eliot