Never let a good crisis go to waste. —Winston Churchill
Churchill recognized the basis of good change management. If you needed to get something done but couldn’t under normal circumstances, then a good old-fashioned crisis usually allows you to get the changes you want.
Following a new path requires some serious change management thinking. Setting some small achievable goals, getting some quick wins, obtaining buy in from the top amongst others. Getting buy in usually means your significant other. But having a bit of urgency always helps the change management process.
Nearing, or entering retirement the sense of urgency should become more apparent. The ride of your life is starting to enter the end game, so it’s time to up your game for what is ahead. This is not the end of times, but you can start to see it from here.
That seems a bit morbid, but the time to change what your future might look like begins now. Now is the time to seize what the future can actually look like.
10. Envision the future since shit happens when you are busy making other plans. Trying to maximize your happiness/contentment/bliss (HCB) requires planning. Although enlightenment requires serendipity, all other forms of actualization can require a bit of planning. You should not expect that going off to the deck with a cup of coffee and the morning paper is going to maximize your HCB. Maximizing your mini umbrella collection will not cut it after a while.
9. This would also be a great time to follow your bliss. Joseph Campbell advocated this for leading a meaningful life. Most people do not appear to be in a blissful state while working, so we can safely assume that this bliss might be found elsewhere.
7. Pursue Nature but be careful if it pursues you back. We are all suffering from nature deficit disorder, so make sure you get your daily supplement. But make sure to look out for things that want to eat you. Nature has no sense of humor or sense of irony.
Lake Winnipeg had a recent carp die off. They are investigating, but something similar happened to adjacent Lake Manitoba back in 2008. It may be another break out of koi Herpesvirus disease, which I didn’t know was a real thing until just recently. The virus only infects carp, including koi and goldfish.
I had to bury three giant sized carp that washed up on the lake front. I had never seen carp that size.
Hundreds more washed up on the nearby beach. Dozens of volunteers with rakes and trucks helped clean up the carnage.
I told my daughter that there may have been some repetitive strain injuries.
6. Keep on top of Change as things keep changing. You don’t have to be at the front end but try not to let the wave of change completely pass you by. Sometimes new things are theoretically comprised of older things. So it can be better to keep with those things as they keep changing.
5. Balance your money flows. You really have to pin down your potential revenues coming in and what your expenses might be. We spend so much time on revenue generation that we do not spend the same amount of time as to what the future might look like and the potential costs of that.
At some point in time, you are going to want to downsize that house along with your cars. This might correspond with increased medical costs. You might want to move closer to your children so that you can be closer to any potential grandchildren. A decrease in the distance is inversely proportional to the amount of guilt that is produced.
I was looking at some government programs that have been progressing slowly. I almost wrote down in a note that these programs were moving at a glacier pace.
That phrasing no longer seems to work since it implies movement forward. Almost all glaciers are now receding, so we have to come up with another overused expression for slowly moving incrementally forward.
People are only paying a pittance for the recycling costs which does not capture the end to end costs of enjoying microplastic in our lives.
A plastic bottle (polyethylene terephthalate, or PET) returning to nature pace?