I’ve always wanted to be better at ‘Thinks ahead’. Working in a finance role, and constantly involved in cashflow and P&L forecasts, my peers assume I would be great at this. In fact, I am very executional: brilliant at getting things done, but I struggle with more strategic, bigger thinking. With the uncertainty of lockdown, I found it hard to keep focussed on the goals I had set myself. Reading Stockdale’s Paradox made me reflect:

“you must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality” – Admiral Stockdale (from Good to Great, by Jim Collins)

So, I have adjusted my goals. They are smaller, but I feel able to start thinking ahead a little more clearly now… and very much still a work in progress… just like lockdown.

Lisa McFall
Head of Business Operations CharacterScope

Snippet, Reflect, Fix

Snippet
It is by allowing ourselves to think into the future that we can make the right decisions today that our future self will thank us for.
 
Reflect
What are the habits that you can put into place today that your future self will thank you for? A small step is always the right beginning.

Fix
Pick one small habit to start today that your future self will thank you for.