Do you find yourself wondering what might happen in the future, asking yourself questions inside your head? When we spend a lot of time working on our own, we have a lot of time to contemplate the future. We get inside our heads. Ideas repeat, and issues can compound. We intensify our worries.
If this sounds familiar, don’t worry…it is normal. You must learn to manage your internal thoughts and voices. When you start wondering about ‘what if such and such happens’, a good question to ask yourself is ‘what if it doesn’t?’
The results you get in life and business strongly connect to your decisions, what you think about, and your actions. Your actions are your energy to get things done and get results. Focus on your actions, and you will maximise the energy you put into your results.
It is said that you get what you focus on. If this is true and you focus on negative problems and self-doubt, you will get more of that.
You are the pilot of your flight and destination.
You get to choose your destination, flight path and altitude you operate at. Just like a plane, you need to have instruments in your business to look at that will provide you with information that tells you how you are going. If you don’t know where you want to end up, it's tough to set your course and know you are on track to get there.
Too many people in business are playing a short game. That is, they are focused on the present. Their focus is on getting through today, surviving and hoping they are still in business next month or in a year. You need a much bigger vision, a plan for the next three decades. It gives you a different perspective if you start estimating what you can achieve in your lifetime.
As a business coach in farming, I can share with you that most farmers overestimate what they can achieve in a day, a week and a year. That is because there is always plenty to do. They have too many things on their to-do list. Time is short, and they run out of time. However, they underestimate what they can achieve in 3-10 years. Their ideas and goals are limited about their future achievements and potential.
If it is true that what you focus on, you get more of, then I think it is really important to curate what dominates your thoughts. And find out what you spend most of your time thinking about.
Men and women think differently. Men have the capacity to spend a lot of time thinking about nothing. We must zone out because women find it unbelievable that we can think about nothing for such long periods. Maybe it’s just that men find it more challenging to express and articulate their thoughts.
My suggestion is to put a fence around the following ideas:
· Give yourself dedicated time to think big and plan your long-term future.
· Ask yourself what you would like your life and work to look like in 10, 20 or 30 years.
· Contemplate or dream about your ideal outcomes or results
No matter how fanciful your ideas are, dream big!
Get clear on what results you would love, and don’t limit yourself just because you don’t know how you will ever achieve what you are thinking. This level of planning is about setting your course. Once this planning work is done, you get back to work. You create a personal work system where you work hard and consistently do the unseen hours.
Time passes rapidly, and in no time you have exceeded your expectations. You discover you are an instant success (it only took 30 years), and other people can’t believe how lucky you are and want to know your secret to success!
The Farming Coach