Do you know that you have a “crystal ball” sort of speak of your future? If you pay attention and read it right, you can gauge where your life will be in the next 10 years or so. Pretty cool, right? All you need to do is look at the people who are 10 to 20 years older than you. Let me explain…
I got this really interesting email last month from Ramit Sethi. He’s an expert on how to use psychology and systems to live a richer life (the guy’s pretty good). Well, in the email he explained that he went to his 10-year Stanford reunion and met up with a guy who was there for his 20th. The two chopped it up for a while about the trends and changes that they noticed in their classmates. This is where he noticed that he could tell the future of what he and his friends would experience in the next 10-years too.
Here’s some of what they noticed– Most folks at the 10-year reunion were in relationships and even a few were married. Some were headed towards the top of their careers and basically it wasn’t too late to still “catch up”. Most people who were there for their 20-year reunion were married with kids and they had either “made it” or not in their careers. It’s safe to say they were set in their ways.
Truthfully, we can learn from the people who are ahead of us because we can pick out what we want and don’t want for our futures based on what we’ve seen them do.
For instance, if you see someone who’s earning a six-figure income working exclusively from their home, you can ask them how they did it so you can do it too. Or, if you see a lady with 3 kids and in total great shape you can find out how she did it.
On the other hand, if you see someone miserable at a job they’ve been slaving at for years, you know to avoid EVERY decision that person has made.
It’s all about taking action today so that you’re exactly where you want to be tomorrow. This can apply to your career, physical appearance, finances, health or relationships.
Simple Task For Today
Here’s a task for you: Take a look at people around you (preferably 10 to 20 years older). Then take note of the things in their life that you’d love to have going for yourself and the things you’d NEVER want to happen. Write them down and start today taking steps towards making them happen (or not happen).
Because as Peter Drucker once said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it”.