Future-basing® brings with it a number of distinct advantages, reducing many of the common blockages that people suffer when thinking and planning ahead:
It is outcome-centred, helping you specify what you want rather than trying to solve problems. Most of us are motivated more by thoughts of achievement than of difficulties.
It is success-centred, side-stepping common feelings such as fear of failure and seeing only hurdles. It begins by generating a sense of achievement.
It is universal, being well suited to virtually any need to plan or make decisions about the future in any context, from just hours to years ahead.
Future-basing® releases creativity. Imagining specific achievements neutralizes the kind of negative thinking that tends normally to interfere.
It builds compelling visions due to the quantity and nature of descriptive information generated. The seeing, hearing and good feeling dimensions and descriptive language are the most powerful part of this.
It lends itself to involving people and motivating them to act. If your vision includes or would affect anyone close to you, do your Future-basing® together, each of you describing the Achievements you want, and sharing those you have most in common.
A strong sense of common purpose develops in Future-basing® groups, partly because individuals tend to visualize ideal relationships and mutual support as parameters of success.
Future-basing® can be very broad and general and many people have found that completion of the vision alone is sufficient. If you choose to follow it through to completion of “remembering back” and mapping “past” actions, then you can use it meticulously to support complex decisions and plans.
The Future-basing® process is easy to learn, and is easy and quick to update if things change or you want to change your mind.
During any phase of moving toward your goals, the vision and key actions can be reviewed and updated really quickly in the light of new experiences or unexpected developments.
One way of following through as you carry out the various steps to success is to Future-base the next steps as you complete specific parts or reach certain turning points. This is one way in which actual experience and results guide progress in bringing about change.