Five Steps to the Future You Desire
This week I re-read Brian Tracy’s wonderful book, "Create
Your Own Future." It's one of the best sources of
inspiration, strategy and motivation I know, and I highly
What struck me is the truth that we create our own lives,
every single day. Think of the enormous opportunity (and
responsibility) that gives us!
Too often we drift through life. We go to work, come home,
have dinner and go to bed so we can do it all over again
tomorrow. It’s a familiar routine, we are advancing our
career, earning an income, and supporting ourselves and our
loved ones. What we forget is that unexamined daily
routines can lead to destinations we would never choose for
TIPS subscribers are ambitious people. We have dreams and
goals, we want "more" and we hope the future will be better
than the present. We want great things for ourselves, and
better things for our children. And yet, we forget that
every day--right now as you read this--we are creating our
Every day, our actions take us slightly closer to our
goals, or we end up one day further away. Every day, we
either move in the direction we choose to go, or we drift
with the wind and the current, and the pressures of life
Long-time readers know I am not enthused about dramatic,
sudden change because I don’t think life works that way.
Life is more evolutionary than revolutionary, and I believe
that, "inch by inch, anything’s a cinch!"
Here are five steps I believe are absolutely vital to
creating the future you want:
- First, be clear about your desires. If you want to start
a business, move to a different city, earn more money or
change careers, define it! Write it down! Talk about it!
Use your imagination to refine your vision. Whatever you
want, in any area of life, be specific and get clear!
- Second, claim your power. You have enormous personal
power. You can choose what to read and how to use your
time. You CHOOSE how to spend your money. You CHOOSE your
friends, your skills and your aspirations. Use your power!
- Third, have a plan. "Rome wasn’t built in a day" and
you are unlikely to transform your life or achieve any
major goal without a clear, on-going strategy. Life takes
time! Have a plan that will take you where you want to go.
- Fourth, get the support you need. Whatever you want,
there are books and people, classes and environments that
will help you get there. Get a coach. Start a MasterMind
group. Re-arrange your office, buy the books, DVD’s and
audio programs. Attend the conferences. Surround yourself
- Fifth, be who you are! Stand up for your values and
move in the direction you want to go. Take daily action,
and persist. You don’t have to be rude or radical, but you
do have to be "captain of your ship." Day by day, take
action. Make adjustments. Change the details. Try. Try
again. Try until.
Whatever you want in life, you can get it. Whatever your
age or circumstance, other people have had similar dreams
and made them come true. As long as your desires are moral
and you are willing to play fair, you can have any future
you want! The only questions are whether you have a good
plan and whether you will pay the price. You CAN have the
future you desire, if you sail your ship in the direction
you want to go.
Dr Humbert is a Success Strategist, author and popular speaker. Imagine what's possible! To inquire about having him speak to your group or organization, or to schedule an initial coaching consultation, contact him
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