“Some people see the future and see a threat. Innovators see the same future and see an opportunity!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Your frame of mind is everything. You can wake up every day and dread what you see – or you can start your day out with a mindset that it’s another day of massive potential and creative opportunity!
It’s golf season, and so the latter mindset dominates my thinking as I manage to get out for eighteen holes on a regular, almost daily basis. My attitude going into each and every round is that it is going to be epic! Fantastic! That day of days! I try not to dwell on a so-so round if one happened to occur the day before; if there was a so-so hole yesterday, it will be conquered with a flourish today!
After all, I wouldn’t head to the course with the idea in mind that “today is going to suck, and I’m going to have a pathetic game!” I’m all about the opportunity of each new day! (Of course, keeping that attitude in check when I have a close encounter with a river is another whole motivational story altogether….)
So why would we carry an attitude of potential failure into our daily work or business activities? Why would we adopt a mindset that aligns us to failure? Why would we look at the day ahead with fear and trepidation rather than excitement and enthusiasm?
And yet, that’s all too easy to do when it comes to the future and trends – because it’s the unknown world of potential upheaval that scares us.
For a long time, I’ve realized that there are many in my audience who do not like the future at all – to them, it represents disruption, change, and challenge. It’s a threat to be feared. And yet, there are many others who view it not in this negative way, but as an opportunity to be grabbed and potential to be shaped.
Mindset matters. What’s your attitude?