Often times when I am coaching individuals, the concern about the future arises. I have heard the statement, “Everyone knows what they want to do in their life but me” or “I am not sure what I want to do when I graduate.” Even coaching people who are in the midst of their careers, the uncertainty of the future comes up. Its a natural feeling to wish for the right path. Hoping to some how latch on to one thing with certainty. With uncertainty all around, wouldn’t it be nice to know the future? Perhaps. But, perhaps not. The joy is really in the journey.
Ralph Waldo Emerson taught that the paradox of creating a great future is that “creating” always takes place in the present moment. This little task right in front of me will have more to do with my future than any series of projected worries I may ever string together. When you think about this statement it makes so much sense. How many people have hurt their future because of mistakes they have made today? Emerson stated, “Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and the ages that will follow it.”
In other words, do your very best “today!” Be proud of today’s actions. If what you do today gets memorialized in tomorrow’s newspaper would you be proud? If the answer is yes, then I assure you that your future will be very bright.