By Mical Imbukwa
Where do you see yourself in the next ten years or five? Has someone ever asked you this question? How did you feel about it? Did you have an instant response or you were thrown in a daze for a moment? Just in case you were thrown in a daze, you are not alone.
You see when it comes to matters of the future, many become skeptical. Some choose to live in the moment because as they say, tomorrow is not promised and true to their word, it is not. Some sleep and never wake up. Some leave the house never to return. Some leave the house walking and come back in crutches. And for some, their oratory skills are disabled with abrupt loss of speech.
So you see, having a ten year plan is equivalent to zooming in the future. Without proper binoculars called goal setting, applied faith and definiteness of purpose, the future far ahead appears blurry. It is like walking in blindfolds. You meander, and meander and meander. Several rounds later, you are still in the same place save for the fact that you are worn out and don’t have the strength to look far ahead. Your head is lowered and you can only now stare at your feet.
Every great course must involve a risk. A mother conceives and goes through three trimesters, some a bit problematic, but she carries the pregnancy to term. Going into the delivery room is a risk, for some make it out while others hemorrhage to death. You see if all women chose to put weight on the risk in the labor room, the world population would diminish for no births would happen.
So.. back to the 10/5 year plan. It is worth remembering that no successful person has ever made it without a plan. They have their goal well outlined and a vision board to guide them through. They thrive in failure. Once they try and fail, they don’t stop there. They pick the lessons and cultivate on them with a clearer lead. A no is not a stop sign for them but fuel. They move and create and thrive.
So what tomorrow is not promised? Don’t allow it to look like today!