Bridging the Future with the Present

Great piece by Bruce Rosenstein on bridging the future with the present called, Leaders must Meet their Future Selves.  It includes interesting research:

“In experiments with undergraduates, Hershfield discovered that students who were shown a digitally aged image of themselves allocated twice as much to their retirement accounts as those who didn’t see themselves as they aged. Hershfield says that “looking ahead in time and feeling a sense of connection to one’s future self can impact long-term financial decision-making, converting a consumer into a saver.” People with this “future self-continuity” also accumulate more assets than others, including owning their own homes and having bigger bank accounts.”

A tip for bridging the future with the present: Write “post-dated letter from your future self to your present self about specific achievements and successes in the future.”

“For leaders, it’s especially important to bridge the present and future. Leaders have to define the future not only for themselves but also for their organizations. Still, with the extraordinary demands and difficulties of each present day, it’s easy to let the urgency of today cause you to squander the opportunities of tomorrow.

Odds are, the success of your organization will depend on how well you figure out the future. Here are five strategies to help crystallize the future into the present moment and draw you closer to your future self.

  1. See yourself as the leader you could become.
  2. Create your future in the here and now.
  3. Design a better tomorrow for others.
  4. Resist going only for quick wins.
  5. Think with a beginner’s mind. “

Rebecca and I have used a number of the techniques that Bruce mentions in his piece and can attest to the fact that they work!  Check the entire article.  Good for those thinking and wanting to plan their future and those of their organizations!

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