Have you gone into a situation expecting things to be one way and what played out went a different way, yet the way things came together was better than expected?
We all have an end-goal to get to, and yet the journey of getting there often reveals nuances, experiences, and opportunities that during our work seem to help us navigate our next move. We stumble upon new sources of knowing and acting upon them.
We must be flexible 200% and intentional and focused 200% at the same time to have an optimal performance. Yet intentions aren’t enough; we must leave room for the mystery life presents us to construct from what is comprehended, and expose new vistas that take us on a leadership journey towards what wants to emerge.
What does leading from the future seem like versus leading from the past? Most of us have knowledge that we use to make sense of things now, and yet what presents itself is often what is ready to begin in ways that disconfirm what we knew before. I call this having a “lab mentality.” As it’s said in martial arts: “Everything is practice.”
You walk with a “don’t know mind” to see new things in the ordinary, comprehend what is going on by using the heart, not just the head, and connect with emerging future possibilities that await you.
This is leading from the future as it emerges. You know the path by walking.
Disruptive change has gone to the level of the ordinary in our daily lives. And for this, we can learn by doing things to discover what the future is bringing toward us. We can’t predict the future; instead, we create one.
Our felt sense directs our faith to step into territory as we learn what’s next. It’s like the train laying the tracks as it is moving forward. It’s like forecasting by going to the places of most potential and having our future possibilities connect with an emerging future self that points us in the direction of our true path.