Are you unhappy with your life the way it is? Do you want a better future but aren’t sure how to make it happen?
Building a great future will require making changes to your life now. Whether having a great future to you means having a wonderful family, a high-paying job or being happy, it’s the things you do today that will affect your tomorrow. You will have to plan and make deliberate changes in your life.
So many Nigerians, especially the youths are dissatisfied with the future facing them, And even among those who are satisfied, their optimism about the future is the lowest it’s been in 20 years.
The good news: you can create your own future. Better yet, you can do it simply and systematically as part of your everyday life, inside and outside the workplace.
Peter Drucker, the legendary father of modern management, approached the future with a forward-focused mindset, as something to be created and nurtured in the present moment.
What do we get from his approach today: make choices and commitments, and take action, with tomorrow in mind.
Don’t leave your future to chance or fate, or to the whims of others. Instead, unlock and live your best future, beginning in the here and now. Start with these keys,The point of this is not to point fingers or lay blame on any one. Understand that you have some control over the quality of your life.
Make friends with uncertainty and change.Nonstop uncertainty and change are the new normal. From disruptive new technologies to breakout businesses, turbulence abounds. But as Drucker said, “The most effective way to manage change successfully is to create it.” This requires seeing change as an opportunity, not a threat.
Know that your past does not define your future.You may have had some downs, some failed grades, businesses or poor relationships – this does not mean that you will always fail for the rest of your life. Acknowledge any role that you may have played in these and also look at other factors that may have been at play.The point of this is not to point fingers or lay blame on any one. Understand that you have some control over the quality of your life
Learn from your mistakes.Look at things that may have gone wrong in the past and look at your behavior then and now. Forgive yourself. Are there any lessons that you can draw from them? Write them down. Is there anything you’re doing that you know will have consequences that you will regret later? Instead, do something that will be of benefit to you later, or at the very least will not cause any harm. You will have to exercise some discipline. It’s easy to repeat behavior just because it’s familiar; it’s what you’re used to doing in a particular situation. For example, if you’re used to eating lots of sweet things and now you have diabetes, it will take time to adjust to your eating habits.
Practice relentless self-development. Diversify your interests, remain relevant, develop a powerful personal brand, maintain a global outlook, and create work that benefits others.NOTE Self-development, said Drucker, requires “learning new skills, new knowledge, and new manners.”
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