Vision 2020:

As with the end of every year, I looked back on what happened and what didn’t. What was planned and what wasn’t. The expected and the surprises. And after looking back for a little while, I started looking forward. To the coming weeks and months of the new year. But this year was a little different. This time I extended my focus beyond the immediate. I decided, rather than try and set those must have goals for the new year, I’d look a little further: Where do I want to be in 3 years, 5 years, 7… The things that crossed my mind don’t happen overnight. Even the decision to pursue them doesn’t happen overnight. I gave it some thought, and some more thought, and let it soak in over the first days of the year and decided I’d start cataloguing my vision for my future. Sort of an ongoing time capsule of where I see things going, in any aspect of my life.

And then, life got busy and January zoomed by. So here I am in February already finally getting the first of these thoughts down into concrete words.

Hindsight is supposedly 20/20, but I think our view of the past is influenced by our emotion of the present. As an exercise I’ve explored “what if…” I had either done or not done some key action or decision in my past. It is a surprisingly complex series of dominoes trying to follow all of the things that wouldn’t have happened, both good and bad, if key choices had not been made the path that is my past. It is hard to hold on to regrets for long when you realize all the good things that eventually come from a bad decision (hopefully).

So… what does that say to looking forward? Is it over planning? Not if adjustments are made when things turn out differently. Not if those plans remain flexible enough to adapt to the unexpected and unintentional. The next 7 years will take me to the threshold of 2020. That is a long way to project out. I certainly didn’t see a lot of today in my mind 7 years ago. However, I did have some of the pieces starting to form at that time. Do I expect this exercise to guide me directly to my intended and hoped for future? No. But it will give me a chance to look back and see where plans changed. To see where the unexpected arose, both good and bad. And most importantly to me, a place to go back to and re-evaluate the goals I hold today and see if they still apply tomorrow

So, if you’re still here and interested, check back from time to time as I update on how my life evolves over the next 7 years and beyond. We’ll start getting into the meat of things next time.

~WC

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