Leaders Think About The Future
One of the great traits I have learned from great leaders is that they constantly think about the future. Every decision is linked to a future outcome. They have developed an ability to think past the now, and see into the future. Many people do not take the time to think about the future, they rather live for the now. I am all about enjoying the moment, living in the now, smelling the roses on the journey, but it would be a great detriment not to think about the future.
Let me share a few benefits of thinking for the future......
One of the benefits of thinking for the future is that it gives your today decisions some directions. Each day we are faced with many decisions, decisions that impact our future and some that don't. But when you give thought to the future, your everyday decisions become more valuable. Let's say your future calls for a healthy you. Well there are some things you need to do today, to make that happen. So your decision to exercise and eat right today will improve your chances of a healthy you in the future.
Another benefit of thinking for the future is that it helps you get back on track. I don't know about you, but some times I can feel overwhelmed with all the choices presented to me. When I think about my future, it helps me decide what I say yes and no to doing. Thinking for he future gives me a clearer picture. All I have to ask myself is "How does this decision play into future goals." Once I decipher if this choice moves me forward or away from my future goals, the decision is easier.
Lastly, thinking for the future gives you a sense of journey. I read in a article one time that our body and bones respond to our thinking, how we think and what we think about. The article said when you tell your body that you will need it in the future, it fights to remain healthy. If you constantly tell your body, we are retiring, we are retiring, the body begins to shut down in preparation to retire. I have plans to live for a long time, but I just don't want to be alive, I want my body and bones to be fully functional. So I tell them I need them to be strong.