Redefining Resolutions: Embracing Strategic Foresight for Lasting Change

By Ravi VS

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During my weekend visit to the hospital, where I spent time with elderly patients, we delved into an enlightening discussion about New Year’s resolutions.

As we conversed, I shared a perspective that seemed to resonate deeply with them.

I began by acknowledging a common truth: as the new year unfolds, many of us enthusiastically set New Year’s resolutions, but by February, nearly 80% of these resolutions are abandoned. The reason?

These resolutions are often ambitious and vague, disconnected from our daily lives. To address this, I suggested embracing a more regenerative approach that includes strategic foresight thinking in our goal-setting process.

“In the garden of life, patience and persistence are the master gardeners of success.”

I explained the concept of setting realistic goals with a forward-looking approach, emphasising the importance of shifting from grand resolutions to specific, achievable goals that align with our long-term vision.

For instance, instead of vaguely resolving to “get fit,” it’s more effective to set a specific goal like “walk 10,000 steps a day” or “attend three fitness classes per week.”

These goals are not only attainable but also serve as stepping stones towards a larger, strategically envisioned future.

“Embrace the journey of small steps; each one leads to the summit of your aspirations.”

Moreover, I talked about the significance of creating a habit rather than just a resolution. For example, if one’s goal is to read more, starting with a daily habit of reading a few pages can gradually become part of one’s routine, aligning with a foresight of becoming more knowledgeable.

I also emphasised the importance of focusing on the process, anchored in a long-term vision. Enjoying the journey towards our goals and celebrating each small step as part of a larger strategic journey keeps us motivated and grounded in our long-term objectives.

Additionally, I highlighted the need for flexibility and patience in the face of change. Strategic foresight involves anticipating and adapting to change, not merely setting rigid goals.

Being adaptable in achieving our long-term vision is crucial for regenerative success.

“Goals are like stars; they guide us through the night but are only reached by the journey of a lifetime.”

Lastly, I encouraged seeking support with a strategic outlook, sharing goals with friends, family, or colleagues who can offer support and accountability. This support system should understand and encourage our long-term strategic goals, offering constructive feedback and motivation.

In conclusion, I shared with the elderly patients that the secret to effective and lasting change lies in setting small, manageable goals that are part of a larger, strategically envisioned future. By adopting strategic foresight thinking, we’re not just setting goals for the year but planning for a regenerative future.

This approach makes aspirations more practical and achievable, extending beyond the fleeting enthusiasm of New Year’s resolutions to a year-round commitment to our vision. It’s not just a sprint to a yearly finish line; it’s a marathon towards a fulfilling future.

“Adaptation and resilience are the twin pillars on which the bridge to success is built.”

The patients listened intently, nodding in agreement. It was a profound exchange that not only offered a new perspective on an age-old tradition but also bridged generations in our understanding of personal growth and goal setting.

Ravi VS is Founder, CEO & Chief Foresight Officer of Invictus (Transforming Organisations & People Through Foresight-Driven Insights)