In 2020, a short 4 years from now, the leading edge of Millennials will be turning 40 years of age. As age 40 is firmly in my rear view mirror, allow me to share a small preview of things to come.
As any ophthalmologist will tell you, around the age of 40 your eye muscles will start to lose some elasticity. The impact? Your will notice that you, or some of your peers, will need help in order to easily read. And for those that already have worn glasses, the advent of progressives lenses, or bifocals, will appear on the scene.
Bifocals are both a blessing and a curse. They are difficult to get comfortable with, yet they prevent the nuisance of constantly taking along 2 distinct lens prescriptions. Look through the lower half, and you can focus on what is close to you. Look through the top half, and you can see clearly into the distance. The key is that you can see clearly, no matter how far away the object of your sight is.
Your career view needs bifocals
You and your current employer, or entrepreneurial effort, needs your focus and attention. For most this is easily done – many people live almost entirely in the present. Focusing on the present, the near term, helps insure your current success and helps define your next career step.
But, don’t forget to look at the long term too – raise up your eyes and look through the top half of the bifocals into the far away distance. Are your short term career moves in sync with your vision of where you want to be 10 years from now? Is your current work effort leading you to a next step that will be closer, or further away, from your long term goal?
If you have been neglecting your long term goals try this:
- Write down what you want to be doing 10 years from now
- Write down how your current work effort is either leading you closer or further away from your goals
- Write down 3 things you commit to do in the next 30 days that will improve your chances for achieving your long term goals
Integrating your near term decisions and actions into your long term goals is more of an art than a science. The one deadly action isn’t getting it wrong; it is not spending the time trying to get it right!