So, you’ve decided to start taking care of your tomorrow and the tomorrows of those around you?
When it comes to your future, perhaps you’re unsure where to start? Perhaps you’re unsure how to start?
You want a simple way to engage with all the possibilities that lie ahead of you. An approach that resonates with your life today and one that you can thread into your busy schedule.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find what you need to get started with imagining and shaping your future.
It’s not that you haven’t been trying all this time. It’s just, you know, hard.
‘The future’ can feel at times pretty intimidating. It can appear vast and uncertain and feel detached from your present experience.
What’s more, you probably feel that you’ve got more than enough on your plate attending to the present.
You may also feel that given how uncertain the world feels right now, what’s the point in trying to pin down the future with any kind of fixed plan?
These reasons make it harder to imagine what possibilities lie ahead and to know what action to take.
What else is possible?
At some point, I’m sure that you’ve looked at the world around you – your home, your social environment, your work – and asked yourself: “What else is possible?”
Perhaps you asked this question out of a sense of curiosity, restlessness, ambition or concern.
What else is possible for:
- how I spend my time and energy? – for example, how much time do I get to spend with the people who are most important to me?
- how I balance the many and competing demands of my day?
- my finances?
- my health and wellbeing?
- my career, business or organisation?
- where my life is heading?
What else is possible for others?
Perhaps you’ve asked “What else is possible?” on behalf of a loved one – your partner, your children, your nieces or nephews. What else is possible for their futures?
Maybe you’ve asked “What else is possible?” in relation to the world around you? What else is possible for the way our societies, economies and societies are run? What else is possible for the way in which we live on this planet we call home?
There’s no area of your life nor time-horizon too long or too short that this question cannot be applied to.
Where to begin?
“Where should I begin?”
“How do I start?”
“What are the first steps?”
“What can I expect?”
These are all perfectly reasonable questions.
The good news is, you’ve landed in the right place to get the answers you need to get started.
A field guide for your journey into the future
To get you started, we’ve put together a FREE field guide to shaping the future.
The purpose of this field guide is to give you the tools you need to start imagining your preferred futures.
It isn’t designed to be a ‘how-to-plan-your-future-in-5-quick-steps’. There are plenty of other articles and blog posts elsewhere on the internet that talk about that.
So, what makes this field guide different?
- This field guide doesn’t pretend that thinking about the future is easy.
Without the right mindset and tools, thinking about the future can feel a bit like hiking up a mountain without sturdy boots, warm clothing or a compass. You might strike out at an upbeat pace, but you soon become disorientated, disheartened and lost.
If we continue to cling to stubborn, common-held views about the future – “what’s the point? It’s too changeable, uncertain and outside our control to influence” – we’ll continue to be blind to the opportunities the future has to offer.
- This field guide doesn’t throw you a smattering of ideas and abstract methods.
It’s honest about the challenges we all face when thinking about our futures and it lays out the practical steps you can take to improve your ability to imagine and shape your future.
Your relationship with the future needs a re-boot.
The purpose of this field guide is to re-boot, re-frame and transform your relationship with the future.
This field guide will:
- Tackle common barriers and myths about thinking clearly about your future
- Equip you with a new mindset to engage your possible futures
- Introduce simple, versatile and practical methods that you can start to apply today in your personal and professional life
- Prepare you for your next steps on your journey into shaping your future.
Why dwell on the future?
Knowing how to imagine the future is vitally important to your life. It helps you to make better choices and better decisions. It determines your overall success – however you wish to define that.
The way in which you imagine the future shapes the contours and content of your day. It influences the amount of time you dedicate to the people, projects and causes that are important to you. And not just today and tomorrow, but over the course of your entire lifetime.
Simple steps to shape your future
Now you might say, “I don’t have time to think about the future”. And we’d agree: an unfocused or unstructured approach is both time-consuming and can be deeply unrewarding.
However, with the right mindset and methods, taking care of your tomorrow needn’t be a chore. Quite the opposite. In fact, it can be surprisingly relaxing and energising. And, what’s more, it’s something you can weave into your already busy schedule, as you’ll discover.
Let’s shape it…
If all of this sounds valuable to present and future you (as well as for those around you), let’s get started.