What’s next? These two little words carry a lot of weight, have significant meaning and ask a big question. Two words that cross boundaries, sectors and all walks of life. Two words that are so simple and often taken for granted or conveyed with a sigh, gesture or nod. Yet, these two words – what’s next – hold the future.
For me the question, “What’s next?” seems to be popping up everywhere. In my work and life, and has been playing a masterful dance around m
y subconscious. You know how the subconscious works. Remember the last time you finally decided which car you were going to purchase. You thought to yourself, “Not too many people have that model and I can be a little unique.” Then BAM! like a miracle, don’t you see that car everywhere you turn. Everyone has it – YOUR car. Your subconscious has been put on high alert. So I guess, in terms of what’s next, I am on high alert for you.
“What’s next?” seems to have become my battle cry and mantra of what people SHOULD be asking. In the development stages of my book, “The Wealthy Teacher: Asking the question What’s next?” many titles floated through the shredder on my path to finding what true meaning it was conveying. As others reviewed the manuscript the conversation evolved and it became crystal clear that was the only logical choice. However, I should have recognized sooner that I was in the ‘What’s next?” business my entire career.
As a former educator, students constantly asked, “What’s next?” However, as I transitioned out of that world and mindset, the significance diminished.
But whoa! It’s back and it’s back strong. I am still in the “What’s next?” business. However, this time around, instead of providing the answers, it has become a journey of discovery.
When was the
last time you asked “What’s next?” It is a question that appears over and over in our life. It can also have a different meaning and origination point. Is it a question brought on from frustration or from anticipation? You will need to know the difference in order to respond and to get it right. A lot hangs on the answer. Will a choice be made that brings the question up over and over? Or will a choice be made that generates opportunities and alignment? Or, will you rely on others to provide the answers?
What I have been discussing falls in the realm of change. There are so many change theories and strategies that have evolved over time. However, what I have found to be true for me, and continually works best for the individuals and organizations I assist is this simple formula. Let values and passion design the purpose that becomes the compass for the next journey. That is my mantra.
So my question is, how do you approach, “What’s next?” in your world? Do you know how to respond and take action? Do you make sure your decisions are grounded in your values and passion?
Follow your Passion and Success will follow you….
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