“Your desire to get to tomorrow won’t necessarily make it happen any faster!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Everyone is in a hurry to get back to where they were, but don’t really know when they are going to get there. That’s the big conundrum of 2021.
It’s not surprising – people are tired, weary, ready to move on. That doesn’t necessarily respect the complex realities of our global situation though. We’re caught in a clash between desire and reality.
I’m certainly seeing it within my industry – inquiries to speak at an in-person event in June, pushed back to September which is then moved to November, and then into 2022. Life today is a series of rolling commitments on a date that is continually subjected to change.
A simple fact is you can’t make the future happen simply by wishing it will happen – it will come along at its own pace. The best thing you can do is to work to make sure that you ready for it – and for all the different phases that it will throw your way as it unfolds. This is why I’ve been continually talking to my clients about using strategies built around agility, flexibility, resiliency, volatility …. because the only thing we know about the future is that it’s fast, volatile, and unpredictable.
But be patient.