We all think about our futures with wonder. Where will I be in five years? Where would I like to be in five years? Am I happy with where I am today? What can I do to change?
These are just a few of the many questions we should be asking ourselves regularly. If we want a different tomorrow then we must start with a different today. It is said that “if you keep doing what you have been doing you will keep getting what you’ve been getting”. Something has to change or five years from now will look the same. Change has to start from within each of us. I can not change you any more than you can change me, so you have to start with yourself.
Where do I want to be in five years? What do I have to do to get there? What am I willing to give up to get there? If we start by answering these simple questions we can begin to take control of our own futures.
“Where do I want to be in five years?” : If you are happy with where you are today, then do nothing different and hopefully you will be happy with the same in five years. It will no work like that. The world and its economy are in constant change and we need to change with it just to keep up, otherwise other people and events are controlling our futures. We need to take control of our own futures.
“What do I have to do to get there?” : Maybe you need to learn new skills, learn a new language, or associate with different people. If you want a promotion, then learn what skills you need to work on to get there. Talk to and associate with people in that position and learn from them. Study the books and references needed to improve your skills.
“What am I willing to give up to get there?” : Change will take time and effort. If you are not willing to give something up, then change will not happen for you. You need to give up a little time and effort to improve yourself in order to improve your position.
I am happy with where I am today, but I know I was meant to be and do more. I need to take action and take control of my future. How about you? Are you ready to take control?
Once you have answered the questions and know where you want to be, what you need to do, and what you are willing to give up, then you need to take action. A well prepare game plan is worthless without action. You can type it up, frame it, and hang it on the wall, but it is only collecting dust if no action is taken.
The future CAN be yours. You have the control. Just take the action needed and control your own future and destiny.
What have you done today to improve your life and your future? It’s never to late to start.
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