I realized something tonight. Actually, I don’t think it’s the first time I realize it, but it’s the first time I really think about it. It’s good to think with the future in mind but it’s also important to live in the present. It may sound surreal, but I’ve been thinking and living in the future for too long. As a thinker and “planner”, I always consider where we’ll be in the next year or beyond and I act accordingly. My wife and I like discovering new things and living in new places, so we’re always open to go live in a different country. Sometimes however, like it is now, there are constraints that prevent us from living abroad – it can’t always be your way, or can it? Because of this keen desire to live abroad, we’ve been preventing ourselves to get fully established wherever we end up. For instance we don’t buy too much furniture and don’t buy a house. But I just realized that this is a mistake, it’s a behavior that constantly puts you in a transient state filled with uncertainty. You force upon yourself this uncertainty and as a result end up being on the edge, ready to go. You prevent yourself from living the moment and simply living your life. You always think of what might be coming next.
I also realized that this applies to business. Yes, it’s important to plan for the future and strategize accordingly, but the future is the future. You can never be certain of what will happen no matter how much data you have to back it up. I think that in business this translates to spontaneous decisions and execution. You have to think and act fast, in the moment. You can’t always make a decision because of what may or may not happen down the line. Sure you can consider it, but you can’t base all your decisions on this hypothetical vision of the future you may have.
If you think for the future and live in the future, you end up not living and not executing on anything.
Think for the future, live in the present!