As communities and businesses are returning to fill teams and offices, many individuals recognize that the ‘old’ future may not be the future they, or their organizations may, want.

Now would be an optimal time to reassess the values, behavior, and meaning of achieving a purposeful future. Don’t let fear or angst stop you and your colleagues from sharing a promise in shaping the outcomes that can be produced. The ‘old’ future may even be more humanistic in coordinating actions to shape a ‘new’ future with that much more impact.

How does this happen? Each individual must commit to looking at opportunities for a team’s promise and mission. Remember the relationship with time will still impact how long you think the new future can be achieved. Big visions and dreams require determination and often, boldness.

There are some components of commitments that make them feasible such as, the following:

  • Having a clear vision of the final outcome you desire, and the expected steps for achievement. Write your vision on poster board or in a simple Word document so that you see it daily as a reminder, boosting your resolve.
  • Define a specified period for fulfillment; plus, any other sacrifices you may have to make along the way such as, reserving a night for homework from a night college course.
  • Enlist competent individuals for assistance whether it’s in financial planning or a career makeover. Don’t be afraid to have sincere conversations with all involved, setting clear standards of expected deliverables and when they are due.
  • When you have smaller goals to achieve the outcome, give each a distinct priority. This will assist you in avoiding overwhelmed Ness in looking at too many goals And, you will feel more successful with small achievements along the way.
  • Design in some flexibility along the journey to success; and don’t expect perfection. Placing pressure on yourself to produce something stupendous can make it harder to generate anything at all. “A lot of people sort of secretly feel, ‘I’m not creative,’ but everyone is creative to a certain degree. Just try your best and see what happens.” says Carrie Barron, a board-certified psychiatrist/psychoanalyst of the Columbia College of Physicians. Last here, be willing to adjust your timeline in case of unexpected events that impact the final success.
  • Use positive psychology and declarative language with yourself and others as you work toward the outcome. Be bold in declaring what you care about and nurture it. Passion is a prerequisite for producing meaningful results. During any tough times, it will be your passion and personal investment that carries you through to completion.
  • When you encounter problems don’t magnify the new difficulties into something larger than it is. Magnification of problems has become a hallmark of TV shows and the news. Remember how much eggs were maligned in previous years? There are no trophies for excessive worry and angst. Identify the skills and strengths you bring to your problem solving, enlist other key people where needed. Then, spend your energies in thoughtful action.
Reframe the Future