Your future is very predictable.
All you have to do is take a look at your current habits, and that can give you a bird’s eye view of what your future looks like.
This is the most tangible evidence you can get. Just look around and take in a deep observation. Not just where you are physically, but how you intentionally invest your time no matter where you are.
- Some people might think you have to be rich to have a great future when in fact most rich people are rich because of how they invested their time.
- Some people might think it’s all just luck – and there are those ‘less than 1%’ lottery winners – but the fact is luck is usually just the sum totality of good habitual activities over time.
- Some people might think you have to be smart to have a great future, but fortunately, it’s not rocket science to build good habits; just effort.
If you really want to have a say so in your future, here are a few areas to look at:
- People you hang around – Jim Rohn said that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If you are hanging around people who don’t have any passion or desire to do something meaningful, part of that personality will rub off on you. If you put yourself in the same places of people that do strive for greatness, you’ll find yourself with an attitude that wants more and believes in your dreams.
- Books you are reading – Charlie Tremendous Jones said: “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” You can choose the information you receive, or let the world feed you what it wants to feed you. The choice is yours.
- Your environmental upkeep – The chaos that you allow in your world says a lot about the chaos that’s going on internally and that you’ll continue to be nourished from and reap more of. If you live with excellence, the fruits will become evident. If you just let things go, then the fruits of a sluggard will only reveal brokenness, shambles, and overgrown weeds. Earl Nightingale once said in a story, “when the man is together, his world is together”.
- Your education versus entertainment – I learned something from Brian Tracy called the E:E ratio; Entertainment versus Education. This is what separates the 5% who are wealthy from the 95% who are not. The 95% spend their spare time on entertainment, whereas the 5% spend a majority of their spare time on education. How much time do you spend in education compared to entertainment?
How to change your future if you don’t like what you see now.
Our thoughts mold us, but what goes into our thoughts gives us the shape, color, and texture our thoughts command.
If you want to have a say so in your future, start taking a look of how you receive information in those four areas. If you don’t like it, change it. Make a decision.
Say to yourself, “These are the people I’m going to start investing my time with, these are the books I’m going to read, this is the kind of environment that I’m going to create, and this is how I’m going to use my spare time.”
Those four areas I just shared are very important towards moving you in the direction you want to go, but this is also an opportunity to pay close attention to how you receive information in other areas of your life.
- What kind of food or toxins do you take in?
- How much exercise do you get?
- How do you grow spiritually?
- How much time do you give those you love?
- How do you steward your talents and gifts?
We have receptors in all direction and are constantly taking in information. The good thing is that you have a choice in what to put boundaries up for and what you allow your life to soak up.
And soak it up you will just like a sponge, and whatever that is will eventually bring forth.
It can’t help it, it has no choice. The only choice that exists is yours to decide what goes in, or let the world feed you what it wants to feed you.
Creating the Future
No matter who you are, or what level of success you currently have this is a great opportunity for you to assess what is going on right now in your habits.
Take a look at those four areas specifically, and ask yourself, “Am I creating the future that I want?”
If not, what can you do to change that?
I invite you to share your vision, and how you are currently aligned with that vision. If you have to change something, feel free to share how you plan to do that.
I would love to hear from you!