“Set your sights high and try not to underestimate how much you can achieve in this next decade.” – Scott Ingram in today’s Tip 330
What can you accomplish personally and professionally over the next 10 years?
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Scott Ingram: You’re listening to the Daily Sales Tips podcast and I’m your host, Scott Ingram. Today I want to talk about strategy and the bigger picture a little bit. I suppose this is partly just the way I’m wired, but one of my mentees told me this last week that our conversations were super helpful to her because I helped her focus on the bigger picture and to see beyond the most immediate next step. Even I can get a little too near term focused and can lose sight of some of those longer-term outcomes, but we’ve all got a really great opportunity to reflect on some of those things coming up here as we get ready to roll over into not just the start of a new year, but the start of a new decade. Bill Gates famously said that “most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” I think that’s a really interesting lens to apply as we all start to think about the 2020’s. What can you accomplish personally and professionally over the course of the next 10 years? In some ways taking this view takes a little bit of the year to year pressure off, but at the same time helps you to understand what needs to be done and what sort of foundation you’ll need to build for yourself. It’s perspective inducing for sure and I’d encourage you to look at a variety of different timelines.
Look at January. What are you hoping to accomplish in January? What about Q1? Personally I like to think more about the habits and the consistent actions that will be required to accomplish what I want, rather than the goals themselves. I try to take each goal and work backward until I’ve got a daily or weekly action that I can hold myself accountable to. Now, what about the full year? Where are you hoping to be then? Then take that leap to think about a 10-year time horizon. Try to get past the more natural linear thinking. Think about the leaps and the jumps you might be able to make. Think about where you’ll be and what that will mean. I know for me that my life will be dramatically different. Both of my daughters will have graduated from college and will almost certainly have left my wife and I to an empty nest. That’ll probably be the most dramatic change, and it’ll mean a ton of other changes come with it.
Anyway, it’s your life. Take the opportunity that these last couple of weeks of the year offer, to be a little bit more thoughtful and planful about your future and what you can do now to shape its direction. Set your sights high and try not to underestimate how much you can achieve in this next decade.
Thanks for listening!