10 June 2020
Getting from Now to Tomorrow
In one of our recent blogs, A New Normal, we examined the idea of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic bringing with it opportunities along with the losses. Opportunities to examine our old normal for practices we want to keep and those we want to discard, as we move into the post-Covid new normal. But of course, knowing that you don’t want to go back to how things were is one thing. Working out the journey from now to tomorrow can be quite another. Put another way – how can you work out what you want from this point? And what do you need to do to get there?
Is what you are doing today inching you any closer to where you want to be? This article from Life Hack poses that exact question.
It’s so easy, when thinking about changing your life, to think you’ve got to do something drastic and big and radical. It’s easy to think that’s the only way to see discernible improvements in your life quality.
But, and as the aforementioned blog points out, that’s not so. Nor, by the same token, do you have to wait eons to see some change, to see progress from now to tomorrow. All that’s needed is small steps, taken slowly and surely – holding on to the furniture if necessary!
The article then goes on to describe taking small steps for 100 days. The rationale there being that because, during that period, all the small steps you take turn into transformative and powerful habits. It then goes on to list 60 small ways in which you can improve your life. At face value they may seem trite – but y’know – all the little things do add up.
Using humour to sort your life out
Mark Manson, in his blog, 7 strange questions that help you find your life purpose, suggests asking yourself the funny, thought-provoking questions that he poses. Though, as he is quick to point out, there’s a big problem with the concept ‘life purpose’ itself. He finds issue with the notion of us being born for some unidentified higher purpose. In a nutshell his argument is this: we’re born, we live. We do some stuff – some of it matters – most of it doesn’t and then we die.
He argues that the stuff that matters are the things that give meaning and happiness to our lives – whatever they may be. And so long as it matters to YOU – then that’s the important thing. There’s nothing to say that what you do with your time, your business or your home has to have a higher, cosmic purpose. It only has to bring you joy.
Envisioning your transition from now to tomorrow
Have any of you used vision boards I wonder? I know many people who swear by them. They spend many a happy hour cutting and sticking a vision board for their personal and professional lives. In the interest of balance, I should say that plenty of others see such activity as being for children and couldn’t be more sceptical of the whole thing. The truth likely lies somewhere in the middle.
There’s no denying that prayer, positive thinking, visualization, cosmic ordering – call it what you will – can be very powerful. But only when combined with practical action. For instance, it’s a safe that, throughout his wildnerness years, golfing superstar Tiger Woods, visualized himself donning the fabled Augusta green jacket once more.
But to make that vision happen he had to swing his clubs for hours. Visualization is not a magic bullet on its own.
As someone once said: ‘The most powerful way to predict the future is to create it.’
I’ll leave you with that thought.