Facing the Future

Walkin Backward

I am the last person who should preach on forward thinking. I always seem to find myself dwelling in the past, grumbling about what I “could, or would, or should have done.”  And after many decades of doing this, I can give you one true statement about it. All of the looking back in the world won’t change what happened in the past.

Having said this, I also have to say there is a sense of understanding in knowing your past. Using the past as a learning platform allows us to better understand new things as we look towards and move into the future. And, since we are people in motion, whether we want to be or not, we need to be looking in the direction we are going. No one is going back towards 1950, or 1940.

How many people do you spot each day walking backward, not looking where they’re going, just concentrating on where they have been? Does anybody here drive by putting the car in reverse and watching the rearview mirror? It is not feasible to move in a direction and not look at where you’re going.

The main problem with going into the future is that you don’t really know what’s going to happen there. You know what happened in the past, and therefore the past feels safer, not just to you, everyone feels that way. Yet, to make any journey meaningful, you have to know where you’re going, and what is happening around you.

Even if we don’t know exactly what lies around the bend, we can set some goals. And as soon as we know what we would like, we can develop a map to get from where we are, to our desired destination. Does that mean our goals are now guaranteed? No. It gives you a tool so you can see what you want to do, and the path to get there. If you can’t view where your goal is, how can you get there? If you can see the way to where you want to be, doesn’t that make the trip easier?

Have a great day. My goal is to send you another blog tomorrow.



Author: Mike Balof

Mike Balof, MEd, develops intensive, interactive courses which have helped contract manufacturing and nonprofit institutions. He taught youth and adults seeking employment to better represent themselves, leading many of them to successful careers. Mike taught in corporate training, teaching adults and high school students to build computers, work as a team, and to identify and fix problems using a myriad of tools from Total Quality Management(TQM), to 8-D, to Six Sigma. Mike now turns his talents to helping fellow veterans reach their objectives and desires through continuous performance improvement. As we start to live in a post knowledge world, where a doubling of common knowledge shrinks from months to days, our essential skills will include how we interact with those around us. Mike believes there is hope for growth and opportunity for everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to retool and find the career they want. Mike strives to present students of all ages, abilities, and means with a full plate of options for learning.

2 thoughts on “Facing the Future”

  1. Seeing the way to where I want to be is definitely easier than groping around in the dark to find my way. Ever been in a cave when they cut all the manmade lights off? It’s not only dark, but suddenly, it’s also kinda chilly as well. Personally, I prefer to recall past experiences only if I need a wake-up pinch. That pinch is my way forward again. Oh, and my curious nature helps too!

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