My friend Ira Davies is starting a new job this week. As we were sailing last Friday, he told me about making his decision during a recent flight back home from Europe. He had been on the road for the longest stint in 20 years…and just “had enough”. So, he turned in his resignation and began looking for his next opportunity.
“You must be risk tolerant” I mused. I could never have taken such a bold step without knowing what is next.
“Actually, I am risk averse” he responded. He went on to describe to beauty and power of the human mind, and its ability to envision the future. “Imagine yourself as an astronaut…can you? Are you able to see yourself taking the steps to get there…the level of difficulty to achieve that goal…the probability of success (or failure)…and then be able to imagine what it is like to float in space in your spacesuit?”
He concluded: “I am able to envision the future, construct a worst case scenario, and then decide if I am willing to accept that as a consequence of my action. If you think about it that way, I took very little risk in leaving my company.”
The brain’s ability to envision the future is one of the most important tools at our disposal.
- Are you using it to its full potential?
- Do you spend time thoroughly envisioning the future for your important projects?
- Are you honestly and candidly exploring the worst case scenarios?
- Have you accepted the consequences of your decisions?
Here is an idea: Consider using it for your marriage….and your kids.
Thanks for listening.