Looking to the Future | Working in the Present

Many people ask me how I am able to get so much done in a week.  My days usually go for 16 hours straight between family, church, work, school, professional organizations, and working out.  When someone asks me what my hobby is . . . I usually say sleeping.

I can’t be the only one that has these long weeks as I am sure most of you have similar schedules, yet one thing I do that others do not is focus on the future which makes present work possible.  What I mean is that I constantly look towards the future while working in the present.  My goal is to create a consulting company that lasts for generations with a clear goal to help companies and non-profit organizations.  In order to reach those goals I have to grind out each day, but if I lost sight of the future I would burn out easily.  After back-to-back 80 work weeks it is easy to think it might be better to get a “real” job and be an employee instead of a business owner, again I am sure many people can relate.

Yet, what drives me is the future goal of having a sustainable company that can support my family and allows me the ability to work with non-profits.  Looking to the future gives me energy each day to do the necessary daily tasks that can seem boring at the time.  Sitting in front of a computer for 9-12 hours straight can be exhausting, but seeing my son afterwards reminds me that I am working to give him a future.

Have you thought about your future goals?  Where do you want to be in 3, 5, 10 years?  I do not mean the exact steps, but what are the overall goals that you have?  If you cannot answer that question, then maybe it is time to search out what you want to do.  I have met many people who do not like their job or daily routine because they do not know where they are going.  If you are one of those people, then take some time to map out where you want go with your life.