If you want to know your future, look into your present actions.
~ Buddhist Saying
We love this quote! It’s a powerful reminder that if you want to create a future that’s different from your present, you have to start by changing what you’re doing presently—in your day-to-day life.
Many of our executive coaching clients seek us out because their present situations are no longer tenable. They want a better life going forward but don’t know how to get there.
To create a rich and rewarding future, you need to identify the steps to start taking today that will move you to a new future.
Sounds easy, right? The challenge is that we humans are smart and our brains are highly efficient so we often wind up in a weird paradox.
We know what we want. We can see it and long for it, but when we move toward it and bump into the challenges of doing things in new ways, we fall back into behaving and doing things the way we've always done them.
We do this because it’s known and efficient and our brains like that—so, of course, we wind up in the same place—not having changed at all.
We’ve seen time and time again that powerful changes come from taking new, small steps consistently over time. To create lasting change, you don’t have to make big, dramatic changes. In fact, a big and dramatic change often causes so much stress that our brains quickly take us back to what is “known and safe.”
decrease resistance, and move us steadily forward.
This week, take a few moments to think about your present conditions so that you can better understand your past. Then look at your present actions and ask yourself if they will take you into your desired future and result in the best possible you.
Your Coaches and Allies at Carpenter Smith Consulting