Are you ready for the future? The pace of change and advancement is now so quick that entire professions, industries, and occupations are changing faster than ever before. Are you prepared to deal with this accelerated change?
Everything is transient! The speed, complexity, and unpredictable nature of change in the global business environment can make us baffled and overwhelmed. These external changes are massive, sudden, rapid, and full of contradictory signals. Dealing with these changes requires nimbleness, agility, flexibility, the willingness to look at all possibilities and ability to respond in real time to shifting demand. Are you up to the challenges?
It’s undeniable that rapid times require rapid change. In a world in which things are changing so incredibly rapidly, we need to expand and strengthen our awareness to recognize what is really going on. We have to keep up with fast-paced trends. We also must cultivate an ability to be aware of future trends and how these trends may affect our life and our business, rather than closing our eyes to forewarning indications and hoping that things don’t change too much.
People who fail to acknowledge this unstoppable force of change will fail to thrive in the future environment. Failure to recognize trends or opportunities beyond our primary area of business will result in missed opportunities and an ever decreasing longevity of survival. These new times bring with them an array of opportunities and different possibilities. By becoming more aware of the future trends we can seize these new opportunities and possibilities, as well as navigate the future with ease.
Since we are facing dynamic and rapid changes that will greatly influence our future, we must be open to playing an entirely new game. The old way of doing things and seeing the world is now unsound. Those who are not aware of these changes will be at risk for a bumpy future.
Are you willing to see that there may be a way to generate something totally different in your life if you are willing to change the way you view things? The first step is to cultivate awareness about the future, to see the world and the new possibilities through a future-oriented viewpoint.
To cultivate an ability to be aware of future trends, and how these trends may affect your business, you must expand your awareness to be more perceptive to impending change and new opportunities. You can develop this ability by:
1. Cultivating an insatiable curiosity to life by asking new questions about the world, and start to see bigger implications of events and choices. Be genuinely inquisitive and sincerely curious. Avoid desperately seeking the answer. Question everything. Never come to a conclusion. Answer every question with another question.
2. Be willing to challenge the convention of today. Look at your current situation and ask these empowering questions: What is happening currently? Could a current situation be changed or done differently? What else is possible? What if….?(fill in the blank). Practice looking at common situations and common problems in novel ways.
3. Constantly expose yourself to new experiences. Broaden the way that you scan your environment to look beyond industry and consider what is happening with resource availability, technology, demography and governments. Ask yourself…What is this, what does it mean to me, what do I do with it? Place yourself in unfamiliar surroundings or in the midst of unusual or exotic experiences. Let go of your habitual mental routines. Learn to think differently about everyday things.
4. Be flexible, adaptable and spontaneous. Embrace change and be willing to step outside your comfort zone and preconceptions. Choose to be ever aware and mindful, ready to shift strategy and tactics as the situation requires. Be willing to look at what you can do that will generate different possibilities.
5. Be open to all possibility. Remain open to the new, the unfamiliar, and the unknown all around you. Become an avid reader of a broad range of information, news and updates from multiple disciplines. Always think global instead of local when thinking about the future. Look at the big picture and think long-term (go out 10, 20 even 50 years) and ask yourself “What do I put in place now so if this was to occur, we are in good shape. How can I turn this to my advantage?”.