Working Backwards

In so many success stories I have come across this,”you cannot become what you cannot see or visualize”. It has also been said that the richest place is the cemetery for there lies ideas that were never actualized, dreams that were never lived and potential revolution that the deceased were too weak, afraid or doubtful to bring to life. What this therefore means is that one has to dream, believe in their dream and breathe life into their dream by making a right step every day towards actualizing that dream. This requires more than just believing in the dream but staying connected to it and grounded. Sometimes it requires appearing crazy to everyone out of the fire in you to make it happen. As Steve Jobs once said, “You have to be crazy enough to think you can change the world and go for it”. Those who know Steve Jobs know what that ‘crazy’ resulted to.

“You cannot become what you cannot visualize.” What this means is that you have to imagine yourself as that which your dream is and start working towards getting there. Imagine yourself as a CEO of that great company, as a Cabinet Secretary, as a Tech Mover, as the President, as among the top 10 richest people listed in the Forbes magazine….whatever it is, visualize it. After doing that, develop a routine that will lead you to your dream. Actually, see yourself as already that and this should be a motivation enough to make that visualized future/ that fantasy a reality.

A friend of mine in a short speech at a charity event sometime back said, “some people came into this world to just consume our food and air then die”. Isn’t this sad? Another way of working backwards is visualizing yourself as deceased and ask yourself if you will be resting in peace having lived your purpose and used every opportunity to make yourself and the world better or are you one of the unfortunate cases. After answering yourself this question honestly in the future, start doing those things that will make you rest in peace when you finally do.

Working backwards is a challenge worth taking. Try it and share your experience

Author: Wanjiru Kaburu

By definition, I am self- driven, reliable, assiduous, committed, keen, inspiring, creative and a strategic thinker. I am zealous in influencing action and bringing about transformation and impact. I possess strategic management knowledge and skills, brand management skills, organization skills, writing and communication skills, cognitive skills and I am a person of integrity. I have been involved in various ways officially and unofficially as a strategic management and change agent. I am a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree holder and currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management Option) degree. I am not actively involved in the technical aspects of Information Technology but the knowledge gained through the degree helps me understand the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) concept and champion technology for change. I am also an outstanding content developer. I look to use my interest and passion in corporate image management and strategic management in changing the view and perspective of things, corporations and individuals for sustainable change. Every day to me is an opportunity to learn, grow and influence action.

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