My crystal ball is broken. Actually it has never worked and I should have given up trying to predict the future long ago.
But I still wonder and worry about what might happen. All the ifs, buts and maybes that will likely never come to pass. For every possibility there are a dozen others, each more dramatic than the last.
Each of us has what Stephen Covey described as a circle of concern – that wide range of issues that are outside our control. These might include the weather, the traffic or what others think of us. Spending precious time worrying about these is a waste of energy. Worrying won’t make it better.
Inside that circle of concern, lies the circle of influence. Those are the things that we can control – our thoughts, our attitude and our actions. Putting our focus here is far more useful and productive. Most of these can change in an instant when we choose to think and act differently.
Worrying about what we can’t control, means less headspace for what we can. We get to choose, at every moment, how to respond to what arises. And surprisingly often it’s that response that creates the future.
The only crystal ball that does work, is the one we create when we are fully present and choose to let the best version of us decide where to from here.