A forcast of trends for the near future

Innovations in technology continues to have massive effects on business and society. Technology will enable more productivity and opportunity then ever before, challenging business executives to become more future savvy. Regardless of what industry you are in it is essential to be looking outward and constantly monitor broad trends in the external environment.

In order to succeed you need to know what’s ahead to better plan and perceive different possibilities. You would do well to recognize that executing on your existing strategy might no longer be good enough. Technology will continue to be the key driver of business strategy. It is imperative to become aware of the different possibilities and risks presented by the evolving trends, and the driving forces behind them.  In fact, many notorious big-business failures have stemmed from feeble or faulty strategies. In their book Billion Dollar Lessons , Paul Carroll and Chunka Mui point out that many big business failures could have been avoided if companies had been more strategically aware of potential pitfalls. It takes generative energy, will power, fortitude, and strategyto transform awareness into physical reality.

With a strategic awareness, you can re-imagine what is possible, discovering what you can do that is new, and how best to do it.

A forecast of trends for the near future

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Forecasting Possibilities

Even though the future can not truly be predicted, we can, however, use our awareness to forecast future possibilities. Forecasting possibilities means we're willing to look at the future and see what a choice is going to create. Our awareness is the tool to know what the future might look like.

The starting point is about being aware of what's going on out there in the world, what's happening now and what has occurred in recent times. This could be from recognising changes in the society, sciences, technology, environment and so on. We must constantly be in the question "What do these changes and innovations mean?" and  "What is the likely impacts of these changes and innovations? "

These questions are not supposed to forecast the future, they are being used to look at what's currently occurring. When we are asking these questions we aren't asking, "What will the future look like?" We are asking instead, "What choice do we have and what do we have to choose today to create the future?"

We have to create today in order to have what we want tomorrow

What creates the future is what we do today, in the present moment. The future requires choices and actions - now. Our choices and actions accumulate and have an impact on what the future will be. So, we need to ask - "What can we do now to prepare for future possibilities that will shape our life, our business and our future?"

So, to begin to create our future today, we have to embrace a new awareness of different possibilities that will not just transform our life or our business but also act as a catalyst to transform society and even the world. This is truly possible if we choose to expand our zone of awareness beyond our normal ways of thinking so that we can be on the alert for what is new and different, and envisage what the options and possibilities could be. 

We have to become more aware of emerging trends, and  the innovations that are being generated in the world right now. We must expand our capacity to see the landscape from multiple angles and ascertain how we can capitalise on it. 

We have to be willing to embrace change and consider the impact of emerging trends. Whenever and wherever we notice an anomaly or oddity, we must envision what the new landscape might be if what we are perceiving is a signal of powerful change. Most importantly, we must envisage how we might take advantage of the new possibilities.

To consciously create our future requires that we go to question - “What’s possible here? What choice do I have? What choice do I need to make here?", and most important we must ACT on it. We have to create today in order to have what we want in the future.

 

 


5 Tips for Creating Your Own Future

What are you creating as your future? Most people don’t have any idea about what they would like to create as their future. In fact, it is all too common for many successful executives to create strategy for their business, but leave their personal future to chance.

It's more common for people to be quite passive about the future. They see the future as unknowable and an abstract event way out there, that is separate from them.  And for them, this is true; this is their reality. They are at the effect of change and never know what is going to happen next. They don't have awareness of emerging trends or what's going on in the world that could impact their future.

The main reason many people fall short of their own ability to consciously create their future is the same reason most companies fail to achieve their targets: they are stuck in the past or the present and cannot see ahead in developing a strategy that can lead and shape the future of new possibilities. 

What if you could choose otherwise?  Here are some tips that will assure your success.

1. Cultivate a mindset of the future - It is essential to consciously and deliberately create the future and be aware of the future implications for your choices and for everything you do. Your future is something you create with your choices. Every choice you make determines what your future can be. So when you make a choice, recognize what limitations are being generated with that choice. 

2. Expand your awareness - It takes the willingness to be aware of everything, which allows you to perceive different possibilities. It also requires you to expand your awareness and develop clarity of vision to see beyond this contextual reality. If you are willing to have the awareness to know what is happening and where you are going, you will be able to consciously create your future and generate something different. As Lewis Carroll said: If you don't know where you are going, then any road will get you there. 

3. Keeping an eye on the Big Picture - cultivate an ability to be aware of future trends and how these trends may affect you and how you can leverage off them. Rather than closing your eyes to forewarning indications and hoping that things don’t change too much, you must be willing to break with your fixed points of view and your conventional practices and discover different ways of seeing the world

4. Embrace Change - Be willing to recognise that changes in the future can be disruptive. The changes that are taking place globally are unprecedented in their scope. They are generating unlimited opportunities and inimitable threats. If you can perceive these changes as strategic advantages and opportunities, you will be more likely to recognize a new possibility.

5. Be on the creative edge in the present - Being on the creative edge means you're always in a mode of question, choice, possibility, and contribution. That's the place you need to live from. Your questions will assist you to see things through the lense of curiosity. Your choice creates the future every time you choose, you make a choice today and the future gets created by that choice. Possibilities are endless, only limited by your already formed points of view of what must be. Everything is a contribution, if you are willing to be aware of this and leverage everything to your advantage.

You have to create today in order to have what you want tomorrow.

Note: If you're interested in learning more about what it would take to consciously creating your future, contact us. We can share more specifics and tools to assist you to live from the generative edge and create your future with awareness.