While out walking, I came upon a strip mall with four businesses and the odd juxtaposition of the four seemed to represent mindsets that people adopt about the future.

The strip mall housed:

> Suntan City – with a focus on short-term gain without consideration to long-term impact

> Mississippi Valley Blood Center – where people realize short-term gain ($) but also provide long-term impact (to others)

> State Farm Insurance – for those with pessimism about the future who want to hedge their bets, spending thousands on something they hope they never need

> Edward Jones Investments – for those with optimism about the future, making them willing to risk to hopefully realize long-term gain

Think about which one is a metaphor for how you deal with the future. Maybe it’s time for you to check out another business on the strip.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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