Sometimes we are granted the opportunity to skip ahead and see or experience something well in advance of when we expected.
I love these opportunities, particularly when I am allowed to see or experience something that I was looking forward to.
There are obvious benefits to using this as a marketing tool. If I drive and love a car before it is on the market, then I will probably want it even more.
That’s an obvious example of skipping ahead, but I want to focus this in a way that we might not think of: what I will call test-driving a life decision.
If you want to make a big change in your life such as changing careers, it is very helpful to test-drive the end result of that decision. I’ve discussed this with respect to career change by suggesting meeting with someone in that profession and arranging job shadowing (if possible).
If education is needed, I think it makes sense to take a short, inexpensive course prior to committing your time and money to a university degree.
There’s a downside to skipping ahead, though. When you love that new car that you can’t yet buy, the experience of driving your old car feels as if you are stuck with something that is ‘less than’.
The same can happen with a career, education, or lifestyle opportunity. If you skip ahead and try something before you are able to fully live it, going back to your old life can feel like failing. You feel stuck. It is as if you are plodding through life.
Instead of viewing it that way, what if we switched to viewing this as a victory?
A victory of knowing that we indeed want what we thought we wanted!
If you find yourself here, perhaps contemplate how you can integrate elements of the life that you see ahead of you into your life now.
Don’t simply plod along, biding your time. Instead, live as much of it as you can in order to enjoy your journey to the ‘ahead’.