Ask yourself this question: Is it my past or my future that has the biggest impact on how I’m performing right now? Most people, without knowing it, base their expectations on what they know – their past, and then project their past into our future. It’s like if you were driving a car by only looking in the rearview mirror. Your past is where you’ve been, but we want to focus on the future, a future filled with possibility. Once you connect with your future, you create a new set of choices and achieve a higher level of performance. Here’s an example: You are partnered up on a project with a coworker; someone you haven’t worked well with over the past two years. Focusing on your history with this person, you base your expectations on your past and project these expectations into the future. You are sure this project will tank, even before it even starts. With this result in mind, you show up a anticipating the worst, and you live up to this projection. But, stop and think about it – the project hasn’t even started yet, and you are already showing up with a negative attitude. By projecting your past forward, you base your future only on what you know and not what’s possible. You are not connected to possibility. By focusing only on the past, you and your attitude greatly affect the project’s success.We want to be grounded here in the present while also thinking about what’s possible for the future. As you connect to your future and become more effective in the here-and-now, your results and your performance will improve. Are you making your choices based on your rearview mirror, or you making choices based on where you’re heading?
07 Jun 2016