After publishing my previous article on the importance of personal foresight, I got into a bit of hot water. A few people got back to me, saying they were experiencing too much short-term uncertainty to come up with anything resembling a long-term vision.
In some respects, that’s fair enough. Visioning can be challenging even at the best of times, and COVID-19 didn’t just throw a spanner in the works for most of us, it chucked in the whole damn tool rack. Yet, the reason why so many people struggle to think about the long-term isn’t COVID-related. Often, they simply misunderstand what a vision is supposed to look like.
People don’t realise that the future is just now, but later. – Russell Brand
Visioning doesn’t involve picking the precise destination of where you want to end up in ten years – listing how many properties you’ll own or how many certificates will be hanging on your wall. But it does involve choosing a clear direction of where you’re heading and who you want to become along the way.