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Bucket Lists and Your Future?

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Until Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson made the movie, most people hadn’t even heard the expression “Bucket List,” let alone knowing what it meant (things to do before I kick the bucket!).

A bucket list is one way to think about your future.

FDA – A Bump in the Genomic Road to the Future?

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This week I received two detailed reports from 23andMe (23andMe.com), the genomic organization I wrote about in an earlier blog. They sent a LOT of information, and I am still working through. The first report was about strengths and weaknesses in my health plus information about how my body might respond to various medications. The second report related more to ancestry and genealogy.

Ten Years After the Forecast...

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In May of 2003, Dr. Francis Collins testified before a House Subcommittee on Health and included his vision for the future of genomic medicine, as follows.

Two books about the future you may find useful

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Cecily Sommers and Jim Lee are respected professional futurists, focused in different areas. Somers consults with small and large businesses to help them plan for long term futures. Lee is a financial consultant who speaks and writes about forces of change and how those forces will affect individual lives. Both will probably be in Chicago for the World Future Society conference this week.

Leadership and Long-term Perspective

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Type the word “leadership” into a Google search and you will get over 400 million returns. Overwhelming! This article is about just one component of leadership— long-term perspective.

Most people will agree that the primary responsibility of a leader is to lead, and in order to lead, you must know where you and your organization are going. Not just to the next quarter, but over the next ten years or more.

How do you Change Your Plan?

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No matter how well you plan for your (or your organization’s) future, change will happen. Possibilities will emerge that didn’t exist or weren’t plausible at the time you made your plan. So what do you do?

Embrace the new possibilities!

Change your plan!

What if EVERYONE was a futurist?

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What if everyone understood the concepts of futuring? Can you imagine if everyone thought about and understood the consequences of their actions before they acted? That one, tiny piece of future thinking would probably have a sizeable impact on the world, because people do a lot of dumb things simply because they have not thought about the consequences.
Let’s take it another step. What if most people seriously thought about their own futures, understood the potential, and acted to achieve the future they wanted. That might change the world!

How can you create strategies to achieve YOUR future?

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A strategy is simply how to do something. Some strategies are better than others, so it’s worthwhile to take the time to understand which life strategies will be best for you. While you are thinking of strategies, consider goals and tasks. These are terms that are tossed around in business, but not always clearly understood.

Futurists and strategic planners talk a lot about “Visions.” What is a vision and how can you create a vision of YOUR future?

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The first thing to understand is that a vision is a destination in your future. A vision is what you see as your life in the future. If you haven’t thought about your life in the future, now is a good time!

There are two types of forces in your life. You need to understand both kinds

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The two types of forces that will affect your life are the internal forces and the external forces. The internal forces are the forces that are part of your life, every day, throughout your life. The external forces are found in the world around you and may occur locally, nationally, or internationally. These are the forces of change in your life, and each will have an impact over time.

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