Where Do You Want to Be Long-Term, Say in 50 Years?

Many of us make short-term decisions right now. Totally understandable given the chaos around us. However, we have a number of wicked problems.  When we only think for the short-term, we make decisions that don’t solve those wicked problems. We need to use long-term thinking to influence our short-term decisions.

You might wonder about where I want to be in 50 years. I might not literally be around in 50 years. However, my books, and possibly some of my self-study classes will be. Which is why I continue to write.

You might not want to write books. However, we have many societal problems we need to address:

We got some wicked problems. We need a combination of short-term and long-term innovation to help us solve these problems.

Think Big and Small & Near and Far

We can create big audacious goals (Big and Far), and take daily actions to achieve them (Small and Near). In fact, if we want to be someplace great in 50 years, we need to do both.

For example, if I want to write more books, I need to maintain my word count and finish projects. My word count doesn’t need to be huge. What’s important is my daily streak—my ability to maintain forward progress every day. I also can’t just start new projects. (Yes, I do have shiny object syndrome.) I choose what to do and what not to do.

That means I work to maintain a small but mighty daily word count. (If you use an agile approach to your project, you’ll recognize this as a series of one-day stories.)

That’s how I’ve written hundreds of blog posts here and on my other blog. And, how I write books and articles. Not a ton of words every day. Words every day in service of my goal.

Here’s how I do this for my writing:

  • Create short-term goals to explore an idea in blog or article form.
  • List all the books I want to write.
  • Start exploring ideas, often in my blog, so I can see what I think.
  • Offer talks so I get feedback from other people and advance my thinking.

We can do something similar to solve our society’s wicked problems.

Even if you don’t know where you want to be in 50 years, could you choose some kind of goal? Yes, maybe the best time you should have started was 5, 10, 20 or more years ago.

The next best time is today.

That’s why the question this week is: Where do you want to be long-term, say in 50 years?

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