“There are things all around us that we will never see, because we never take the time to see them!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Our routines can kill our opportunities to pursue spontaneous creativity.
When we get caught up in the moment, we will often miss the next moment. When we don’t take enough time to envision what might come next, we don’t find out what we should do about it. If we refuse to build some time into our day to think about our next opportunity, the opportunity will pass us by. If we become so focused on our structure-full days of action and productivity, we will actually stifle our ability to spot the looming irrelevance of our process.
The fact is, if we don’t take the time to see, we see nothing at all.
And yet, we cling to the notion that there is no need to think about what’s next, because ‘change won’t happen to us!’ But it’s at the very moment that we refuse to accept the reality of the change that is forthcoming that change determines it will have its way with us – often, to very negative effect.
That’s why one of the most important skills that everyone should focus on is to enhance is their ability to think about what’s next – because they are going to end up there, usually sooner than they think! Opportunity comes from the ability to spot a trend, imagine what it might represent, and conceptualize how to purpose it to the greatest effect.
That’s why if you do anything, you should make sure to build a little bit more unstructured ‘see-time’ into your day – those moments when you can just sit back and ponder the facets of the future, the marvels within your imagination, the moments of inspiration that you see all around you.
Because it’s by specifically deciding that you are going to spend more time studying ‘what’s next that you’ll become a part of what’s next!