I’d like to share a few of my favorite words with you—words that have inspired me for over 20 years. I think they will help to improve the quality of your life in 2015. Read them slowly and carefully; then you might want to read them again.
The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place
that is created,
first in mind,
next in will, then in activity.
The future is not some place we are going to, but a place we are creating.
The paths are not to be discovered, but made, and the activity of making the future changes both
the maker and the destination.
This profound sentiment was written by John Schaar, who had been a political theorist at the University of California.
How to best deal with the future
What John Schaar is talking about in the first sentence is not what is, but what could be. For most people, the future actually is the result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present. But it doesn’t have to be.
You have a fundamental choice:
You can have your future determined by forces outside your control, by accident, and by passively watching it creep up on you.
Or, you can create it, first in your mind (what do you want it to be?), then by will (are you committed to do whatever it takes to make it real?), and finally by actually doing whatever you have to do.
In other words, you can have your future be a place that just happens to show up without warning one day, or it can be a place you consciously create.
If you stumble into the future by accident, you will probably experience being at the effect of unforeseen circumstances. If you consciously create it, you will change yourself (you will experience yourself as the creator of your life instead of as a victim of the circumstances) and you will reach the destination of your choice (instead of a destination that is thrust upon you by circumstances outside your control).
In other words, the best way to deal effectively with the future is to create it, instead of waiting until it happens to you.
The choice is yours
That’s it. It’s as simple as that. What do you want your 2015 to be? This is the most important decision you will make during the next week. What will it be?
Please let me know if you decide to create it or if you will wait till this time next year to see how 2015 turned out.
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