“If we were having a discussion three years from today, and you were looking back over those three years, what has to have happened in your life, both personally and professionally, for you to feel happy with your progress?”
This question, invented by consultant Dan Sullivan, gets asked a lot in Master-Mind Alliance meetings. It’s the vision thing. It describes what you want for your future life. The FUTURE BASED SELF QUESTION is about INTENTIONS, GRAND INTENTIONS. And those drive 90% of what we work toward securing in life and through our business activities.
The FUTURE BASED SELF QUESTION asks us to imagine who we’ll they be just three years hence. It asks that we create in our mind a “Future Self”, not only in our professional life, who we’ll be as a successful business person, but also who we’ll be personally, what our personal life will be like.
Now imagine you have answered the FUTURE BASED SELF QUESTION, you have created an image of that future time, what I would do next is ask that you to use that image to make decisions in the present, today. Over the next three years, I’d ask that you continually use that image of who are going to be three years from now to make decisions and to make changes today that will fit that future you. It’ll be important. That image of a FUTURE YOU will be the basis upon which you communicate with others and decide how you take action.
Once INTENTIONS are clear and driving decisions and plans, we can more on to the next thing…BEHAVIOR. With clear INTENTIONS, we can start focusing on the behavior it will take for us to get to the FUTURE SELF place. This will drive additional decisions and formulations and re-formulations of STRUCTURE and continual adjustments to GRAND STRATEGY and the creation of GAME PLANS and all the rest of the stuff that is Master-Mind Alliance.
All from a simple question about three years hence. It’s a big deal this little question.