The last week has been a long one, and if you're anything like me, you may feel like you need a vacation from it all. Planning and booking a vacation is often the best part: you've put something into your future that excites you, so even though your trip may be months away, how you feel is joyful. And what about that last day of vacation, the day before you get on the plane to head back home? It's often a bit deflating, even though you're not back to work yet. But you're already thinking about the commute, the unread emails, the things that will have to be taken care of once you've returned.
How we feel today is a product of the future we are living into. Once you know this, you can see it everywhere. Just look at the results of the latest presidential election. If your candidate won, chances are you're feeling pretty good about what's to come. If your candidate lost, you're probably feeling a whole other range of emotions, from despondency to outright fear. All of these feelings are valid and understandable. But we must not lose ourselves inside of our feelings, or in other people's visions. You regain your power by placing something you value into your future, and then going after it. You create your own world: how you perceive reality is based, in large part, on what you're looking for (social media echo chambers, anyone?).
So what are you looking for?
What future do you want?
Take the time to answer these questions for yourself. Get very clear on what you're going after. Remind yourself of it every day, and take actions toward making it happen. Give yourself a timeframe to achieve it, too (we do our best under constraints: after all, you can't play a game without having a game clock).
Then go after it like your life depends on it.