How often do you dream about, plan, or prepare for the future? If you don’t, why not?
Because the future is coming whether you do anything to prepare for it or not. One day, you will be five years older than you are now. One day, you won’t have any more children living in your home. One day, you’ll have more time than you’ll know what to do with.
We always hear about living in the present, and embracing the moment; and I couldn’t agree more with that statement.
But we also need to embrace the future.
We need to be proactive; planning and preparing; helping to steer the course so to speak, because if you don’t, it might head in an unintended direction.
So, what moves can we make to embrace the future?
We can set goals that stretch well into the future. Maybe you already have some one-year goals, or maybe even some three-year goals. But what about 10 years plus? Take some time to sit and think about what you want to be doing, accomplishing, and experiencing ten or more years from now, and set some goals.
Get excited about the future. Sometimes when you’re weighed down by challenges or everyday responsibilities, it’s hard to get excited about tomorrow, let alone twenty years from now. But get excited! Remember, hard seasons don’t last for a lifetime. Busy seasons don’t last for a lifetime. Seasons are constantly changing; so good, peaceful, restful times will roll around again. Some will be in your near future, and some will be in your far future. Either way, get excited!
Instead of beating yourself up for mistakes and failures, see them as an area you can improve upon, for the good of your future. Choosing to allow every opportunity to be a learning experience, not only benefits you now, but it benefits your future. Your learning now what not to do, and what doesn’t work; which will enable you to make wiser choices in the future.
Take every opportunity, to improve yourself. I am a firm believer, that we should be constant learners. Learning doesn’t end when you graduate from school. We should always be growing in knowledge, wisdom, and character. This comes through learning from others, reading, taking classes, listening to podcasts, and being willing to listen to constructive criticism that can benefit our character.
Be willing to let go of the past. Sadly, most of us have some kind of hurt or pain in our past. Part of embracing the future, is dealing with those things so that you can leave them in the past. Deal with the things that dredge up anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, guilt, shame and revenge within you. You do not want to carry that toxicity into your future.
Speak positively about your future. It’s amazing how many people I talk to that are dreading one thing or another in their future. They dread getting older, having an empty nest, getting sick in their old age; they dread all of these things that haven’t happened, and may never happen. That’s absolutely no way to live!
It’s time to start thinking about your future. Yes, it will include hardships and challenges, but with some planning and preparation, it can also be filled with a lot of good; giving you so much to look forward to!