Viewing the future in the present

July 8, 2018

View into the future

Without indulging in the theoretical question of time being relative and so forth, it could be interesting to spend a few moments pondering the value of viewing the future in the present.

Many people set aside a period of time on a Sunday to prepare the coming week. Goals are assessed, strategies clarified and the agenda reviewed to ensure at least part of the week is going to be dedicated to our core objective – be it as a minor or major step based on the time likely to be available to us.

Within this process of viewing the future in the present, certain items may need to be given a greater or lesser priority to accommodate pressing issues, ideally without overlooking our professional and personal interests.

Viewing the future in the present in this manner is a way to anticipate challenges and schedule in periods of the week to handle them should they arise. Building flexibility into our timetable also reduces stress in the event we are obliged to modify our programme to deal with the unexpected.

Once the week is structured, it can be good to give ourselves time daily, possibly before getting out of bed, to mentally run through the tasks of the day. By viewing the future in the present in this way, we have the chance to rehearse and tweak, if required, our actions with a winning mindset.

To share your input on the issue of viewing the future in the present, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.


About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related performance matters.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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