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In our overscheduled lives it often feels like there is no time to think. Our 24/7 world seems to swallow up all our time. If it’s not our jobs, it’s our families, it’s our friends. And these are wonderful, necessary things.

But what about us? What about time to think? Really think.

For people who are in quest for a new future this can be a huge roadblock to making progress. Whether it’s progress on defining that nebulous ‘better future’ or actually creating it. People try to steal time before they go to bed at night or start work in the morning. Maybe they think about it while in the shower or doing mindless chores. Anywhere they can squeeze it in. Finding and using that time feels like such a success.

And it is. But only up to a point.

People think that if only they could find a solid block of time to think, then they’d have the answer. However it’s not possible to think yourself into a new future; no matter how much time is begged, borrowed or stolen. A vacation can’t do it. Even a sabbatical isn’t long enough. At least not unless thoughts become actions. Because it’s only actions that can change reality. And only actions that can take a nebulous dream and test it against the reality you want to create.

It doesn’t have to be a big action. I’m a great believer in small steps. And it’s not necessary to have the final answer before investing in creating the future you want. Your first small investments should be in identifying that idea and then validating it in the real world.

There are many ways to do that. A couple of good books on the subject which can help you to understand the idea of small steps becoming large gains are Little Bets by Peter Sims or, for a less corporate approach, Small Move, Big Change by Caroline I. Arnold. Alternatively you could sign up for my soon to be released free Masterclass*, which will outline a process to help figure out your future career; no crystal ball required.

To create change in your life is kind of like those cool toy ads they used to show on Saturday mornings and after school before everything went digital. There was always this disclaimer: Some assembly required. The same is true of a cool new life. There’s always some assembly required.

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