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