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May 9, 2017

What Will Your Future Be?

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None of us are fortune tellers, and we certainly can’t see the future. But we have the power to make choices every day that directly shape our future.

As part of my work with my clients, I hear a lot about their goals, their visions of the future, and the actions they can take to get there. At least, that’s what I hear from those that want the future to be different. The ones who want to stay status quo don’t think about change – but I think it behooves all of us to keep one eye towards the future if we want to make our lives, profitability and productivity better than it is today.

But that begs the obvious question, how do you make real change? How can you make your future different? What steps do you need to take to make sure that you’re not stuck in the same place in 10 years from now?

The first step is to gain some objectivity. In order to gain objectivity, you need to be able to take a step away and take a good look at yourself from an outside perspective. Naturally, it’s very difficult to be objective when you’re talking about yourself, so aside from having guidance from a trusted advisor, here are some questions you can ask yourself to start imagining a better future. When answering these questions, be idealistic – not practical. Let your imagination and wish list take charge – you can worry about the details later.

  • What do you want to have achieved in 10 years from now?
  • What things in your life and/or job give you happiness?
  • What things in your life and/or job give you frustration?
  • If you could relinquish responsibility for any one thing, what would it be?
  • If you could have more of one thing in your life, what would you choose?
  • If you could structure your ideal work week, what would it look like? What would you be doing in it?

Hopefully these questions generated a glimmer of direction for you. Now, think about what you’d need to change in order to take steps towards following that path.

I strongly believe that people can shape their own lives pretty well if they know the direction they want to go in. I’ve hopefully given you enough material to get your mind thinking, but the rest of the change is in your hands. If you want a better future, you need make it!

If you’d like a free copy of my workflow optimization worksheet (it asks some pointed questions that will help you gain some objectivity), please email me at denglander@workstreamsystems.com with the subject of “WORKSHEET”.

Good luck!

May 9, 2017

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