I was reading an article last week regarding financial planning and came across the term “inevitable future.” The context of the article was retirement planning. The point the author was making was that her experience with older clients is that many have failed to plan for the retirement lifestyle they want to have now.
Retirement planning aside, I think being mindful of the “inevitable future” makes sense on a number of fronts. One of my all-time favorite quotes is by Peter Drucker: “The only way to get the future you want is to create it.” I use that quote in almost every presentation I do and with every coaching client I work with. We either plan for the future we want – and then execute on that plan – or we get what life wants to give us.
Here are a few areas of life where future-focused planning makes a lot of sense:
Health & Nutrition
Let’s face it, without good health nothing else matters much. Recognizing that we must take responsibility for our health and well-being is the first step in living a healthy lifestyle. I recently ran into an old friend at a charity auction and I was blown away by his appearance. He’s lost a significant amount of weight. This guy played football for USC. He’s a big man anyway, but his playing weight was 300 pounds. When I told him he looked great and asked how he lost his weight he said: “I’m doing it the hard way, diet and exercise.” No pills, no expensive weight loss program, just “watching what I eat and walking every day.” He saw his “inevitable future” and made the smart decision to change things.
There’s an old saying that the three things that matter most in life are faith, family and friends. All three are about relationships. The “inevitable future” with regard to our spiritual relationship, the relationship with our family and our friends, is completely up to us. We can let things slide in any of those areas, or we can make sure those relationships are strong and viable – at least on our end. Strong relationships are our personal responsibility. It’s not up to “them,” it’s up to “us.”
“If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.” I’m not sure who first said that but I sure subscribe to the concept. Just as with our health and our relationships, our personal and professional development is our responsibility.
The Outperformer’s Creed
I wasn’t born an Outperformer. I became an Outperformer by establishing the habit of doing things average performers don’t like to do. I may not like doing these things either – but I have the self-discipline to roll up my sleeves and do them anyway. As an Outperformer I understand that success is not about EFFORT – success and achievement are about OUTCOMES.
Your Inevitable Future
The clock is ticking and the years are passing at a very rapid rate. The future is inevitable, it’s going to happen whether you actively participate or not. My recommendation is to roll up your sleeves and do the things you need to do to create the future and the lifestyle you want to have. If you do, you’ll be pretty happy with the outcome.
“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.”
Mark Victor Hansen