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.

  • 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

Seek serendipity

  • 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?





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1 Response to TOP TEN TACTICS

  1. Gene Unger says:

    Good , enjoyed ! Add courage. Be honest with your self and with others you love. Don’t “man up” , honesty to yourself is essential and hard. Courage is a choice well served.

    Sent from my iPad


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