For Creating Your Future
When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who make it happen, those who let it happen, and those who wonder what happened. John M. Richardson
Following is a summary of my favorite personal tactics for playing a role in making your future happen. They come form my writing about Positive Uncertainty strategies for many years an they are not standard operating procedures. I share them again because they might be of interest or useful to someone now.
- Do different things and do things differently.
- Get off your paradigm — get out of your box, rut
See the big picture.
- Use a telescope — take the long view.
- Use a wide angle lens — look for the larger implications
Act like a child.
- Do something foolish, spontaneous, child-like
- Put your imagination in high gear – and soar
Take the pause that refreshes.
- Reflect — play the muse
- Don’t do something — just sit there
Put on some different spectacles
- Try rose colored glasses — try the six thinking hats
- Change your viewpoint — get a second an third opinion
Look at past performances
- Review and revise the past — consider it a set of raw materials
- Write your future history — think backward
Rewrite the rules
- Slay some sacred cows — invent new rules of thumb
- Eliminate obsolete standard operating procedures
- Look for surprises — expect the unexpected
- Listen for the knock of opportunity — then answer
Stick your neck out
- Do something risky — play the giraffe
- Try to fail at something — if you keep succeeding, move the target
Dream some impossible dreams
- Dream precisely — stop dreaming vaguely
- Imagine your ideal future — and ask how?