We are all living in an unprecedented global crisis. The future is as unknown as it’s ever been. We reached out to renowned futurist John Sanei for his top ten tips to develop foresight from where we are now. We know you’ll find them as interesting as we did.
Mourn your future memories.
Our idea of who we wanted to be has been cancelled, and it’s essential to mourn that loss. If we don’t, we’ll always hold ourselves hostage to what might have been. Work through denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, so you’re ready for a new reality.
Check your ‘panic barometer’.
Panic follows a formula. We ask, “What the hell is going on?”, and then scramble for answers. Once we’ve received enough information, we start to wonder how we will survive the imminent threat before identifying potential opportunities. Speed through stage two as quickly as possible to ensure you don’t get stuck in “survival mode,” then advance to seeking new opportunities as soon as you can.
Prepare for a ‘new normal’.
Endurance is noble, but it’s exhausting: setting your hopes on a fictional end date only leaves you emotionally fatigued. Accepting change gives us the energy we require to enter our new reality with confidence.
Set your state of being.
Dedicate some time each morning and evening to flow into the right state of being because, in times like these, we need clarity. Firstly, give yourself a daily emotional outlet – journal and meditate. Then to keep your mind fresh, set three daily objectives, but be sure to balance them with self- and chill-time. Lastly, keep your body fit by moving for at least twenty minutes twice a day.
Anxiety is a few clicks away, particularly on social media. Allow yourself ten minutes a day to track what’s happening, and another ten to discuss those developments with friends and family and then focus on what you need to do. If you’re itching for updates, seek only after verified sources and facts.
In the new world, we will all be rewarded in relation to how irreplaceable we are; that means we need to be unique and authentic. This is only possible when we follow our curiosity to our true ‘selves. Start today, follow what shines brightest and what makes you most excited. This is your unique signature of irreplaceability.
To start with a clean slate, we need to heal patterns of pain and release past expectations that will hold us back. The choice to unlearn restrictive thinking lies at the heart of wisdom. As the saying goes, “the knowledgeable man has to learn something new every day, the wise man has to unlearn something new every day”.
Ask yourself: is this happening to me, or for me? Will it make me weaker or stronger? If you are fragile, you will break, if you’re anti-fragile the pain will make you stronger. Answering from a place of strength will allow you to see through the uncertainty and remain optimistic.
Add real value.
Discover what you’re really good at and collaborate with partners who amplify these strengths so that you can add real value to our changing world. Surplus skills are becoming commoditised, so it’s the most optimal time to become more ‘you’ than ever before.
Start with the end in mind.
Amid theses unprecedented changes we are all facing, understanding who you want to become will enable you to make well-informed choices today. Working backwards from the future is like having a secret map which means you have a positive path to walk no matter what.
Now is the time to invent new ways to add value to a world that is in desperate need of help. This may mean we need to reimagine our purpose, but don’t be afraid to start all over again because, who knows, you may well like the new