Peter Drucker said “the only way to predict the future is to create it”.
Anxiety, worry and fear are all caused by nervousness over the unknown. Predictability creates confidence. If you are driving in traffic in a major city and you grew up there, you probably have a lot of confidence about your destination. Conversely, if you’ve never been to that city, your palms may be sweaty, your voice terse and your actions a little erratic. Why? Because, you’ve never been there before and confidence is low about the outcome.
The way to more confidence is clarity and predictability. Take ownership of your future and your ideas. Know what you want to achieve in the next year, the coming quarters, weeks and days. Know what you want TODAY.
Couple of suggestions:
Brainstorm: Get quiet, write down all your thoughts and ideas. Clarify them on paper. Let your mind go free, brainstorming is a time to let yourself totally go. Only have one rule with yourself, don’t judge your ideas or thoughts, just try to let the ideas flow as freely as possible.
Prioritize: Put your thoughts together in the order they are important to you. Trimming your vine can keep your fruit plentiful.
Eliminate: The beginning of strategy is what NOT to do. As soon as you realize there are more reasons not to do something, you will no longer want it. Think each item through and prioritize.
Visualize: Begin to take your priorities one by one and think them through to completion. Reverse-engineer your way to success. All goal setting begins at the end. Play this “movie” as often as your can in your daily thought-life. Create your own future.