Using This Time Of The Year To Start Planning Out The Next

29 October 2012, by A. Cedilla

Well, here we are again, stepping into the dying time of the year –the weather’s turning and work is going on as always.

The supermarkets are pimping out their candy displays, and very early on broke out the costumes for Halloween and trick-or-treat, while in malls retailers are slowly ramping up for the holidays with sales and promotions.

This the last quarter of the year, and we respectfully suggest that you take some dedicated time, a few hours or so, over the course of the next week to look at how much you’ve accomplished this year, and what you want to happen next.

  • What memorable events happened in your life this year?
  • How much of that was by your own design?
  • What else are you planning to finish this year, and how far in are you with those goals? Are you there yet?
  • What are you building on those things for next year?

Your actions today are laying the foundation for the house of your tomorrow. Remember? Stepping stones, rungs up the ladder, steps up the mountain you’re climbing or on the road you’ve chosen. You might have missed a few things getting to where you are now — time enough to take a look and see how important those things are to your future plans.

See, a full three-quarters of the year is done and gone, and this month is near its end. What’s next on your agenda? Are you laying out stuff for the things you really want to happen next year? How are those side-projects going?

  • What are your financial goals?
  • What are your health goals?
  • How are your relationships doing?
  • What about your business goals?
  • In what ways do you want to better better next year?
  • What do you have to start laying out now to make those things easier to happen?

If you’re not the time to indulge in visualization exercises, now would be the perfect time to start.

We’re a visual race. If we don’t see things, they may as well not exist (ie, be real to us, or be true for us). You can practice focused daydreaming, researching, noodling, planning, gaming the odds, or whatever you want to call it, to call into attention –or perhaps a better phrase would be to call into intention— the things you want to have in your life. The things you want to make real.

Too early, you say? Fore-warned is fore-armed. The hard work and attention to detail you pay today will pay-out in the future. It isn’t a pointless exercise we’re asking you to do here. It’s taking the time and energy to craft a vision of the future you want for yourself, and nobody does that without putting time and sweat into it.

You don’t make a future overnight. Lives are years in the making, and so many things can’t be predicted, so why begrudge yourself the care and the time needed to at least make it good?

And since good, fast and cheap have different demands in the overall hierarchy of how things can go, you still pay: in time, in energy, in attention.

In money too, of course, and in the speed at which you think you can realize your visions. And you have to keep it up as well, but everything starts with one step. Take the time to dream first. In that step, the world opens itself up to you, and it’s up to you to see what matters in your life.

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Attention Implosion by James Shelley

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