My hometown folks called my late father “engineer.” As a child, I learned a lot from his trade. Although I’m an artist of my own—but not as good as him—I understood early the concept of starting from the future.
Let me help you what this means and how you can utilize this concept for your life or leadership.
1. Create the Perspective.
Imagine you’re making your dream house. There are prerequisites before you begin digging your ground.
Technically, my dad was an architect. I saw him on his drawing table through countless hours and nights. He made drafts and blueprints with his Rotring set of pens.
But in all these processes of project building, I love the creation of the perspective. It’s where the imagination is materialized, drawn on the table, and pre-determined as a whole.
Technically, it is the picture of the future, the desired representation of what shall be. Then the details of the plan come next, pages after pages.
When you write down your plans, don’t forget the total perspective. Start from the future. It could be your vision, dream or goal.
2. Construct the Plan.
Great projects begin with the perspective and plans—not by digging grounds first. Without plans, a house is built with continual revisions, often costing more money and time before it is even completed.
In fact, David gave Solomon the written plan of his proposed projects in 1 Chronicles 28.
Doing things by design is more effective and efficient, producing better results and rewards. That’s the power of starting from the future.
The truth is, everything you see around is a product of the future. Everything started in the mind of the maker. Even the world we live in came from the Ultimate Cause of everything.
All the resources, manpower, and activities are constructed according to plan. As such, you cannot underestimate the principle of planning in everything that you do.
Plan first before you do something. And do what you have been planning.
If God has plans for you, does it make sense you have to plan your life also?
3. Complete the Project.
The goal of the future is to be fulfilled. For this reason, you have to be careful of where you want to start. That’s part of visioneering.
Where would you be if you start with fear or unbelief, instead of fulfilling your potential future?
Perspectives and plans are meant to be completed. Whatever you project so shall it be.
Start drawing your dreams on the board. Take a photo of it. Put them into writing. As Christian practitioners tell, “Use your sanctified imagination.”
Once you’re clear with them, then your next challenge is how to complete them.
I have seen empty grounds before. I could have asked, “Dad, how did you know, there’s a house in there?” His smile could simply mean using my imagination into reality.
Start from the future. I pray, “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.” (Psalms 20:4 ESV)
Glenn Plastina © 2017