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  Module 1.6 - Foresight is Hindsight

"Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong-these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history." - Sir Winston Churchill

Foresight: the ability to predict what will happen or be needed in the future.

The Heavens Will Guide Your Path

Yes, literally and esoterically. We will get into the later topic in Module 4. In the literal sense, you can actually triangulate your way toward what you want to experience and who this demands you become. Back in the day, it was referred to as celestial navigation or astronavigation. And, while it isn't nearly as cool as the GPS on your mobile phone that is tracking your every move, it is a concept that is relevant to your personal development.

Celestial Navigation with a Sextant

Triangulate your life...

Triangulation requires 2 points in order to solve for the 3rd. In your personal development journey, the two relevant points for you could be:

  • Your current circumstances and reality
  • Your idealized future goals and aspirations
  1. The Present Moment: Do an objective assessment of your current resources (social status, personal wealth, physical health, intimate relationships, friendships, education, experience, titles, skill sets, etc.). Get outside of your 'personal story' and consider yourself from the 3rd person perspective.
  2. The Future Ideals: What specifically do you want to experience within a given context? When will this happen? How will you be different? How will you be the same? Who else does this involve?
  3. The Missing Elements: Now that you have two points: 1. Your current state; and 2. Your idealized future, you can begin to identify the missing resources. Before you can experience your idealized future, what must you do, who must you become and what is the step-by-step process for accessing these resources from your starting point?

If You Are Not Designing Your Future, Rest Assured Others Are...

A future vision is dependent upon ideals and an understanding of the potential societal and technological changes. Consider your grandparents and the changes they experienced in society, culture, technology, industry, and politics. As an example they may not have had television or a telephone in their homes when they were children. Ethnic segregation may have been perceived as normal. Family life had expected roles. Your future ideals must consider these ever-evolving factors. How do we move toward a multicultural, scientific, tolerant society that promotes autonomy and encourages inter-dependency.

How to Bind Yourself to Your Future Vision



Burning the Ships

The ancient Greek warriors were renown for their unfaltering commitment to experience victory. Often, when they sailed their military vessels to enemy shores, the commanders would order that the boats were burned on the beaches. Imagine the terrifying site of the boats burning on the beach and soldiers clashing their swords on their shields growling their battle cries. Only one way forward… Victory or death.

Reverse-Engineer Your Future to Develop Yourself

Death is a part of your inevitable future. You can use an idealized eulogy to help you frame who you want to become and what you want to be known for during your lifetime. Get over any concerns about its morbidity and acknowledge that we all have a very limited amount of time to accomplish our respective purposes.

Checklist

  • Use the "Internal Silence" 5 Minute Audio from Module 1.1
  • Listen to the Audio Assignment
  • Complete the Written Assignments in Your Journal

Audio Assignment

Journal Assignment

  1. What metaphorical boats could people burn so that they can be completely committed to their purpose and have no way of turning back. (This is to seed your unconscious mind with possibilities for you)
  2. What are your top 3 immediate ideals within the context of health?
  3. What are your top 3 immediate ideals within the context of wealth?
  4. What are your top 3 immediate ideals within the context of relationships?
  5. What are your top 3 immediate ideals within the context of spirituality?
  6. How might you as a man have to evolve to experience your health ideals?
  7. How might you as a man have to evolve to experience your wealth ideals?
  8. How might you as a man have to evolve to experience your relationship ideals?
  9. How might you as a man have to evolve to experience your spirituality ideals?
  10. Write your eulogy as it might be said if you were to die tomorrow include the perspectives of your parents, grandparents, past lovers, current lover, siblings, extended family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, enemies, alumni and childhood friends.
  11. Write your eulogy as it might be said if you were to die at 101 years old having achieved all of your ideals. Include the perspectives (assume that everyone was capable of witnessing your entire life even though most would be deceased) of your parents, grand parents, past lovers, current lover, siblings, extended family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, enemies, alumni and childhood friends.
  12. Contrast the two eulogies and you should notice some differences that reveal principles, values and desires.

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