Hope is not a strategy. The future is yours to create.

By Marsha L. Koelmel, Co-President

For many, the anticipation of the New Year brings with it a strong desire to predict what will happen in the coming months. From the most thought-provoking futurists to the just-for-fun “future-predicting” quizzes spattered all over social media, people can’t seem to get enough.

Hope for dreams fulfilled and missions accomplished fill our thoughts when the calendar turns to January and the year advances once again. But, as we are known to say at Catapult, hope is not a strategy.

As Management Consultants and Executive Coaches, we have a front row seat as the future is being created in the hearts and minds of our clients and then brought to life through their action plans. We spend the year working with teams and individuals who are making big plans and chasing big goals. It is, all at once, exciting, breathtaking and humbling.

We are fortunate to work with some of the most courageous teams and leaders around who, in spite of great odds, persist in the direction of their goal for reasons that sometimes only they understand. As one of our clients so appropriately stated:

“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.”

From CEO’s who are working to keep their businesses relevant in a rapidly changing world to entrepreneurs with the courage to start something completely new, people with passion and vision are shaping our world in big and small ways, every day, all around us. They are fired up, determined, relentless and fulfilled by the pursuit of their Vision.

What about you? What is your Vision for the future? What does the world that you want to live in look like? Rather than ask someone or some thing what the future holds, why not create it?

As one of our clients said to his team to kick-off their strategic planning work:

“If you want to be able to predict the future, create it”

And when the work you are called to do is bigger than what can be accomplished in one lifetime, we offer these words that were shared by a client whose team tackles the toughest issues facing society every day:

No statement says all that should be said.

No program accomplishes our mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

That is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything,

and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.”

Happy New Year! Make it a great one.

 

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