“If right now is not the time to pursue your big goals and bold visions, when is the right time?” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Life should not consist of a series of missed goals and squandered opportunities, postponed initiatives, deferred actions or delayed success.
You don’t want to look back with regret at what you didn’t do, but with pride at what you did do!
So what’s holding you back?
Over time, many companies and the people within them tend to go into an innovation and opportunity funk. It can be for multiple reasons – a CEO who is not aligned to fast change; denial of business model disruption; or a failure of their R&D engine. Whatever the case may be, indecision begins to rot at their ability to move forward like a vile disease. They defer decisions; they lose their focus on the future; they drop their innovation spark; they go into a state of active inaction; they deny reality. The result is that they go into a state of what I call ‘aggressive indecision,’ in which no one is ready to make any type of decision because it has become best to be marginally inadequate just like everyone else!
Which makes me wonder — if now is not the right time to focus on the big opportunities of the future, and what you need to do as an organization to align yourself to fast-paced trends, when is the right time?
History bears out the lesson that those who focus on big ideas and big opportunities during times of uncertainty are those who win in the long run. The fact is, in today’s fast-moving world, the greatest mistake any organization can make right now is to do nothing. If you don’t do something today, you can be sure that others in your industry are! Inertia — real or implied — establishes a culture of inaction, and that can lead to eventual failure.
With that in mind, adopt a mindset of motivation! Don’t defer – act! Don’t wait – move! Stop seeking clarity – chase goals despite uncertainty!