It might be handy if we were always forewarned about upcoming challenges or potential setbacks along our development path. After all, knowing what we are going to encounter helps us prepare ourselves to face them and, hopefully, overcome them.
In many instances we are indeed forewarned. The proverbial writing is often on the wall as lots of situations are merely repetitions of past occurrences. That said, the question concerning the extent we learn from the past needs pondering.
Moving through life as if everything is new and cropping up for the first time is an option. This can even be a way of appreciating the uniqueness of each moment. However, experience is also a part of life and tapping into it to be forewarned takes nothing away from being present right now.
One possible issue with being forewarned may be the building up of trepidation towards the aforementioned upcoming challenges or setbacks.
Instead of concentrating on putting plans and strategies into place to minimize their negative impact, we could fall into the trap of allowing them to develop in our mind to the point we are afraid of meeting them. Inertia rules over us as we become so obsessed and fearful.
As the saying goes, “Forewarned is forearmed.” By forgetting this we lose a certain amount of our effectiveness, rendering the way forward tougher than it perhaps need be. To share your thoughts on the idea of being forewarned, please leave a comment below.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).