Some practical hints on what is sometimes referred to as future-proofing ie adopting a proactive approach to planning your preferred future, and then developing strategies that will allow you to create that future.
Want to plan your own
PowerfulFuture? There are at least three perspectives. Possible Futures Probable Futures Preferable Futures
Possible Futures. Dream / visualise
/ imagine. What are theastonishing possibilities in your life? Probable Futures. Get analytical. Determine the trends and facts. What are the most likely scenarios in your life? Preferable Futures. What do you most want to have occur in your future? If you could choose your future, what would it be?
Being scared of the future
will paralyse you. It becomes a self-fulﬁlling prophecy anyway. Ask yourself this: What’s your 1 to 10 rating on your personal future (1 is horrendous, 10 is sensational)? It’s likely to end up being what you choose!
Use the FEAR Plan whenyou
have to do somethingthat is challenging for you • Feel good and relax (just breathe deeply for a few secs) • Expect good things (visualise the pending action in a positive light) • Action Plan (remind yourself of the 1st 2 steps you will take, just before you start) • Reward yourself (after you ﬁnish, reward yourself for using the FEAR plan)
Ken Dychtwald’s ‘Age Wave’ is
one of the most critical trends in human history Two-thirds of all people in history who lived past 65 are alive today 1000 AD. Life expectancy 25. 1900 AD. 47. 2000 AD. 78. Up to now, we havehad a linear life plan.We learn, we earn, we He challenges us to retire, we die. have a circular life plan eg every 7 yrs, to learn, earn, and then ‘retire’ for 6 mths
Some things in life are
(relatively) certain eg the sun will come up tomorrow Many events in your life are not certain eg possible accidents Accept what you CAN change (eg your attitude to any event); and accept what you CAN’T change (eg the choices made by political leaders)
Just keep learning. It encourages
you to let go on certainty.• What do you consistently do to advance your knowledge?• What is new in your thinking so far this year?• What new skill do you intend to learn in the rest of this year? • At the Personal level • At the Professional level