Leadership often centers on focus. Leaders look ahead, keeping the vision and the direction of their lives, their organizations and their families clearly in view.
There are dangers in looking back. Too often we can become bogged down in the mistakes we made yesterday rather than discovering the solution for today. Memories can become prisons from which we feel we cannot escape. If our only view is on what’s behind us, Satchel Paige was right. The past will gain on you and limit your progress.
No doubt there are those who fear looking too far ahead. Abraham Lincoln gave us some great advice: “the best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” Most of us can handle one day at a time. Change is caught up in that – doing one day at a time. Preoccupation with our past limits us to the possibilities of today. Our past mistakes no doubt have consequences we must face, but remorse and resentment add nothing to our ability to bring about today’s change.
The secret of looking ahead – and succeeding – is to start. See the possibilities. Open yourself to the dream. Anticipate its fulfillment. Look ahead; it’s the only way to go!