A Future Orientation

A Future Orientation

“The world makes way for a man who knows where he’s going.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I’ve repeatedly seen it — successful people have a future orientation. They may not know exactly how they’re going to get there, but they have a crystal-clear vision of their intended destination. Underlying this vision, storming towards the uber-successful is a three-step framework involving Clarity, Focus and Execution.

I first learned the power of this trinity by accident. I worked my way through college as an emergency medical technician (EMT) for a hospital-based ambulance services. I decided to major in respiratory therapy for one simple reason — I wanted to be a member of the flight team aboard Angle One at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The day I began the professional portion of the respiratory therapy program, I waltzed into the department director at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and declared, “I just began respiratory therapy school, and when I graduate, I’m going to come here and fly on your helicopter. So, if you’d like to hire me now, you can train me during the next few months so I’ll be ready when I graduate.”

I didn’t get the job that day, as you might imagine. A few months later, after observing me during a clinical rotation, that department director hired me. The day after I graduated, I was a member of the Angel One Flight Team and for the next several years, I had the honor and blessing of living my dream. Fate had another surprise in store for me: another member of that Team was my future wife, Lori.

Successful people have clarity on where they are going. They develop a relentless focus on that destination, and they understand how to impeccably execute that plan. Those three keys can make the difference between where you are and where you want to be.

Consider this …

1.) What does your ideal future look like in three, five, and/or ten years? Spend the time necessary to develop crystal clarity on that desired future.

2.) On what things must you intently focus to fulfill that vision or to arrive at that desired destination?

3.) What things must you achieve or accomplish in the next twelve months to take you as far as possible toward that vision or destination?

4.) What key actions must you take daily or weekly in order to achieve or accomplish twelve-month milestones?

Make it happen!

For more, check out The Top Performer’s Field Guide, The Innovator’s Field Guide, or visit www.JeffStandridge.com.

(Originally published in The Innovator’s Field Guide.)

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