The world is an amazingly complex place. Thousands if not millions of variables are constantly in play producing our “reality.”
Predicting your future is, however, relatively easy to do. Changing your future takes a bit more work. The great news, it can be done. Let’s break things down and develop a plan to co-create desired outcomes.
To predict your future, we simply need to understand Newtown’s first law of motion. It states “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
Simply translated, look back over the last 90 – 120 days. There is a high probability that your behaviors have been consistent and predictable. If you have a disciplined exercise routine, you likely have maintained that routine. If you tend to get up early and go to bed at similar times each day, you will likely maintain this pattern. If you get energy from considerable interpersonal interaction, there it is highly probable you will continue your socializing tendencies. If you are more of an introvert, you will continue to operate in a more reserved fashion.
Similarly, if you tend to operate with little patience, those behaviors will likely continue. If you are highly disorganized (your desk is strewn with papers, folders, reports etc.) your office space probably has not changed much over the last number of months – and won’t going forward. If you manage your business in an unstructured and “impulsive” fashion, it is highly likely the next shiny object will catch your attention and you will chase that exciting new opportunity vs. staying focused on core priorities.
Apply Newton’s Law to the macro drivers in your life:
Religious / Spiritual Beliefs – How have your fundamental beliefs changed in the last 90 days? What actions have you taken to challenge your beliefs; to demonstrate a genuinely open mind?
Mental – What college courses have you enrolled in? What seminars attended? How many non-fiction books have you read? What disciplined actions have been consistently applied from your learnings?
Relationships – How have you personally committed to bettering your relationships with your spouse/significant other? Kids? Friends?
Physical Well-being – Are you exercising? Consciously eating well? What steps have you taken to move towards a healthier lifestyle?
Financial – Do you have a plan? What actions have you taken to implement your personal or business plan?
If honest with yourself, it is highly likely your behaviors over the last three to six months have remained similar. The big exception is when a life altering event strikes. Diagnosis of a severe disease. The death of a loved one. Personal or business bankruptcy. A failed relationship. This is the unbalanced force Newton was referring to.
It has been said, the past is the best predictor of the future. Considering Newton’s Law, we can reasonably predict your future.
How then do we change or consciously create a desired future? Recognize that we can be our own “unbalanced force.” Simply put, we can commit to taking definitive actions shifting the patterned direction we are headed. Small steps, profound outcomes. It’s all a matter of choice.
Pick one of the five macro drivers in life listed above. Set a goal. Commit to daily actions. Consciously realize you are the creator of your life experience.
Now go create something good…and in the process design a desired future.
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