"How can I be in better, more firmer control of my future?"
"How do I increase my chances of reaching my goals."
"I want to give it a valiant effort to reach my goals. Help!"
"Everyone but me seems to have great foresight. How do I improve this ability?"
Life is a long journey.
And, while it's impossible to predict everything that will happen along that journey, it pays to look several steps ahead.
I am going to show you how to train yourself to develop sharper foresight, so you'll be better prepared to reach your goals and deal with whatever obstacles impede your path.
Four Benefits of Strengthening Your Foresight:
You adapt better to changes.
You're likely to face many transitions in your life, from job changes to becoming a parent to growing old. It's easier to manage the process when you understand what's involved.
You feel more confident.
Knowing what to expect reduces stress and gives you time to adjust. If your son needs more attention at school, you can talk with his teachers and hire a tutor before his grades start to drop.
It prevent conflicts.
Disagreements with family and coworkers sometimes take us by surprise. When you have more insight into your relationships, you can generate greater harmony.
You discover new opportunities.
Foresight also opens our eyes to treasures we might otherwise overlook. You might discover a current friendship has the potential to turn into a wonderful marriage.
Twelve Techniques for Sharpening Your Foresight:
Conduct a personal inventory.
It's worthwhile to focus on your own thoughts because that's where you usually have the most control. Be honest with yourself about where your current thinking is taking you and where you'd like to go.
Where would you like to go?
Write your predictions down.
As always, keeping a journal is a good discipline. Setting your forecasts down on paper gives them structure and clarity.
What are your predictions?
Evaluate your success rate.
Look back over time to review your performance. You may find that your judgment is sound when it comes to career issues, but you may require more work with your love life.
What is your success rate?
Keep wishful thinking in check.
There's a general tendency to underestimate the chances of unwanted things happening in the future. Face it. Someday your roof may leak or your car may break down.
How pragmatic are you?
Look for patterns.
Stay alert for recurring events. Do you gain weight each holiday season or see less of your friends when you start dating someone new?
Do you notice any patterns?
Develop concrete scenarios.
For the best results, pin yourself down. Deciding how you'll spend your annual bonus this year is more revealing than dreaming about what you'd do if you landed a better paying job.
What concrete scenarios can you develop?
Consult with others.
Your friends can see how you really behave while you may get distracted by how you want to see yourself.
Who can help you?
Pay attention to small events.
The little choices you make add up over time. Eating your vegetables and getting regular exercise strengthen your odds of living longer.
What little things can you change?
Think about long term consequences.
Stay motivated by reminding yourself of future rewards. Ask yourself if having the down payment for a house in five years will be more gratifying than buying expensive coffee drinks each morning.
What are the consequences?
Make mid-course corrections.
If you're concerned about the path you're on, the sooner you make positive changes the better off you'll be. Increase the payroll deductions for your retirement account or schedule the dental checkup you've been putting off.
What changes do you need to make?
Play strategy games.
Games are a fun and effective workout for your forecasting abilities. Break out the chess board or learn to play other strategy games like "Go."
What strategy games do you like?
Most of all, envision your future as a dynamic event you bring into being rather than something that happens to you. Becoming more skillful gives you more successes to look forward to.
What are your dreams?
Foresight is a skill that will grow stronger as you train your mind.
Build a better future by following these steps today.
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