Wild Innovation is busy! This is an exciting time in the history (and future) of our business. Like many businesses, COVID presented us with a number of challenges. Now, we are seeing a lot of interest from organizations and individuals who want to take charge of their futures.
Workshops and presentations are filling up fast! I am excited about returning to the the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy next week to lead a workshop on strategic foresight and leadership. In two weeks, I am presenting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is doing some amazing work with strategic foresight and invited me to discuss strategic foresight as a core leadership competency. I am both grateful and thrilled to be part of their strategic foresight efforts! We are also working with several clients who are shaping the future of industries like industrial hemp and food production (more on those engagements later).
If you feel uncertain about the future, you are not alone. There is a lot of uncertainty in the world. Clients come to us because they want to create a clear vision and take the right actions to achieve their desired futures. Futures Coaching is designed to help clients untame their futures while creating more certainty. How? Wild Innovation combines strategic foresight with neuroscience and coaching. We use this unique approach to help individuals and organizations move forward with the direction and energy they need to achieve their desired futures.
Not sure if Futures Coaching is for you? Simply use the Calendly feature below to learn more about Futures Coaching. Times are very limited due to the current client load, so schedule your Futures Coaching Convo today!
Go Wild & Schedule Your Session Now. I look forward to “seeing” you!!
I launched my first full show this week, and it was a lot of fun! I even had my first caller, which was awesome!!
We will continue to talk about the future of aging, including topics like looks, family, romance, and finances! Things change as we age, and we need to deal with all of it. How can we age better than previous generations? And, how can we look good doing it??
My first song request was Vacation by the Go-Gos. We ended the hour-long show with that tune. Now, I would like to hear from all of you. What songs would you add to the playlist?
Join us on Thursday, April 21 for our next episode of Bifocals & Bitcoin at 9 AM CST on AMP.
Topics and questions are welcome too. Let me know how you are untaming your future when it comes to aging!
Futures Coaching was created because we noticed our clients struggling with designing and implementing clear paths to move them forward. We had to find a new way to help. So, we combined our superpowers of strategic foresight, neuroscience, and coaching to create – Futures Coaching!
In major times of upheaval, it can be difficult to move forward. We tend to get stuck in our heads and continue our negative patterns. Research shows us the importance of getting help when navigating uncertain times.
To see if Futures Coaching is a good fit for you, spend 30 minutes with Dr. Connie clarifying and untaming your desired future. These introductory sessions are designed to provide you with the time and space to focus on you and your future.
Click here to schedule your free futures coaching convo:
Get laser-focused on who you are and what you want
Create a plan to move you forward, as well as the habits that will get you there
Remove mental roadblocks and limiting beliefs
Let go of the negative thoughts, emotions and patterns that are holding you back
Learn how to become more positive in the present to create a more prosperous future
Decrease stress and increase well-being
Look and feel better
Enjoy a better relationship with yourself and with others
Make more money
Have more fun! (Yes, it is possible to enjoy life!!)
Futures Coaching Works!
Working with Dr. Connie was certainly transformational and one of the best decisions I made to energize my career!”
If you are like the millions of leaders and professionals thinking about making a change, but you are not quite clear on which path to take – then give me 30 minutes of your precious time. I am committed to helping you take a step forward in creating your desired future!
There is opportunity in the Longevity Economy. By 2035, adults will outnumber children for the first time in history. The economic contributions of this age group is set to balloon to $28.2 trillion by 2050. Further, the wants and needs of consumers and producers in this age group are definitely evolving.
What is the Longevity Economy?
According to the AARP, the Longevity Economy describes the economic contributions of Americans over the age of 50. These contributions include employment, volunteering, business ownership, family care, etc.
As the nation continues to recover from the pandemic, older Americans must must be included in the solutions. Venture Capitalists are investing in this space, and Americans are redefining what it means to age. Opportunities will continue to grow in the Longevity Economy.
What opportunities do you think exist in the Longevity Economy?
Looking forward to hearing your WILD ideas! Please share them below!!
You are creating your future with what you are thinking and feeling right at this very moment.
Research shows that the more positive and grateful we are in the present, the better our life outcomes will be-in every way! A positive present results in better relationships, more romance, more money and more fulfilling careers.
So, what are you going to do to enjoy today-this gift of the present that you have in front of you right now?
Wild Innovation is growing and has to find a way to serve more clients, so we are launching our first-ever group futures coaching program for women. The first cohort will begin on March 1, 2022 and end on April 26th. Sessions will be delivered live at 9 AM CST on Tuesday mornings via Zoom. Participants should plan on attending each session. However, we realize life happens. So, each session will be recorded.
Only 10 participants will be allowed in this cohort. We want to be able to manage the size while creating synergy and support in the group.
If you are interested in applying, email us today!
The How to Create a Futures Capsule course has blasted off and is in full growth mode! This FREE course is for you if:
You are a high-achieving leader who is ready to get to the next level – but need clarity on what that really means
You are in a time of transition and lack a sense of direction but want something “more” that you can’t quite grasp or understand
You feel hopeless, lost, or unsure about where you are going and why you are currently doing what you are doing – even if you just keep doing it
You are bored, disengaged and uninterested in your current career, business endeavor, romantic relationship, or even life in general
You are challenged by work-life balance and want to get your life back
You have a sense of unease because you “aren’t getting any younger” and feel that you are running out of time to do, be and accomplish all you desire out of this lifetime
How to Create a Futures Capsule is designed to help you figure out what Mini-Moonshots you want to experience in the future while also helping you focus on what you truly value in work and in life. This process of dreaming, deciding, and doing provides you with direction as well as the focus, confidence, and excitement you need to make your future a reality.
Best of all? You will HAVE FUN while creating your desired future!
Several students have emailed me about their Mini-Moonshots over the next four years. They gave me permission to share, so I wanted to send a note celebrating their progress. Mini-Moonshots include:
Taking a Trip to Paris
Starting a Business
Running a Marathon
Treating Myself to an Annual Spa Day
Adding “Me Time” to My Calendar Each Week
Congratulations to all of the students who have completed their Futures Capsules!!
One student shared this with me:
If you are ready to create a roadmap of your future, enroll in How to Create a Futures Capsule for FREE! All you need to do is click here and enroll: https://tinyurl.com/FuturesCapsule
Wild Innovation is embarking on a Future of Aging study, and we need your help!
Aging is impacting everything from the workforce to healthcare; however, there are many voices that are not being included in the conversation – people in midlife happen to be one of them!
Most tend to think of aging as something that concerns only “older people” but that is not the case. Those of us in the middle of life are looking around and are not satisfied with what we see. We want to change the traditional social norms of aging. The good news? Many of us are already doing this!
Wild Innovation wants to help you break the traditional rules of aging and create new ones! No one needs to tell us what “not to wear” at a certain age. I for one am not planning on getting the traditionally expected short “older lady” haircut anytime soon.
Please let us know what concerns you most about the future of aging! It should only take a few seconds. The quick questions are in the box below.
We look forward to gathering insights from you so we can make a more positive difference in the area of aging now and into the future!
We create our future in the present moment, so it is extremely important for us to be honest with both our current situation and what we are willing to do to achieve our dreams.
Intentions influence our actions and behaviors. If intentions are established with awareness, truth, and meaning, they help us experience a life filled with passion and personal fulfillment. Lack of understanding around our true intentions often causes frustration and confusion, which is one reason people oftentimes do not achieve their goals. Many goals are written; however, they are not established with honest intent. It’s time to get brutally honest about your true intentions so you can achieve authentic goals.
Intentions have the power to strengthen your Inner Leader and help you move forward in a meaningful way as long as they represent what you truly want to accomplish and experience. Honest intentions, based on personal fulfillment and purpose, can also keep you motivated and focused while measuring progress and celebrating success.
What we truly intend will happen, so I encourage my coaching clients to create SMARTER Intention Statements that support their personal vision.
So, what exactly are SMARTER Intentions? They are statements designed to help you achieve your vision while holding your accountable and having some fun along the way because they are Super Cool, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time Bound, Evolved, and Rewarded. Let’s explore SMARTER Intentions in greater detail:
What we intend will happen. Actions support honest intentions; therefore, all true intent is realized. Intentions become the outcome.
Super Cool: Write SMARTER intention statements that clearly outline what you truly need and want to do to make your vision a reality. Make sure you think they are super cool! Personalize your intentions so they tap into your sense of personal fulfillment and passion. What does this mean? You should get totally jazzed about your SMARTER intentions when you read and revisit them. Being true to your passion and purpose will help you stay motivated and focused!
Measurable: Take charge of your progress by building in accountability. Use metrics, numbers and other fun ways to monitor your progress (I like to use stars and smiley faces . Monitoring progress helps you determine what works and what needs change. Great metrics also provide a feedback mechanism that super-charges motivation. Realize your progress so you can celebrate success!
Achievable: Create SMARTER Intention Statements that seem doable to you. Each statement is a step forward. Small consistent steps are the key to accomplishing big dreams!
Relevant: Intention statements should move you forward in a way that holds meaning to you. Make sure your Intentions are specific enough to keep you focused yet cool enough to inspire action. Great intention statements support your vision and build on one another. Relevance is focus combined with synergy.
Time bound: Each Intention should be completed in an established time frame. When will you accomplish your Intention? Set a date and establish a time line. Use time as an effective tool to build in accountability and to monitor progress.
Evolved: Your SMARTER Intentions must be designed to fulfill your life vision. Revisit them often (daily, weekly and monthly) to make sure they are still working for you. How do you feel when you reach a goal? If it feels right, you are on target. If something feels off, it may be time to make adjustments. These are your intentions, so be true to yourself and make them work for you! Performance based on passion equals success!
Rewarded: This is the best part of a SMARTER Intention! Celebrations help us realize our progress while building momentum and motivation. How will you celebrate achieving your Intention? Be creative and have fun with this one. Recognize your accomplishments and share your wins with others. Go wild with confidence and celebrate each success!
It’s Time for a Little Practice!
Find a quiet spot where you can still your mind and center your thoughts. If this is new to you, a quick and effective way to center yourself is: 1) close your eyes in a quite place, 2) take 3-4 full, deep breaths (a great way to take full deep breaths is by taking air in through the nose and releasing it out through the mouth making a constant “S” sound) and 3) slowly opening your eyes. Invest some focused time in honestly creating SMARTER Intention Statements that serve as a map on your journey to achieving your personal vision. Your SMARTER Intentions should be Super Cool, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time Bound, Evolved, and Rewarded.
The table below is a coaching tool designed to get you started. Remember, what we truly intend will happen. Have some fun with this exercise. Also, make sure you are true to yourself and find fulfillment and meaning in each statement. Write as many SMARTER Intentions as you need. The table below is only a guide with an example of one of my SMARTER Intention Statements for 2021.
SMARTER Intention Statement
I will create 52 posts based on the most common and profound client questions and challenges in 2021
December 31, 2021
Social media themed party with my family!
SMARTER Intentions Coaching Guide and Example
Final Coaching Tips on Setting SMARTER Intentions
Remember, this life is your journey. If you need to make changes to your SMARTER Intention Statements, do it. If something doesn’t feel right, fix it. Intentions should be set for you as an individual and based on personal fulfillment, not simply on what you think you should do based on the thoughts and influences of others or society. Your intentions serve as motivation and the source of actions and behaviors. Be brutally honest with yourself when setting SMARTER Intentions. Truly meaningful intentions are powerful and have the potential to grow your Inner Leader and your life.
What you truly intend will happen; therefore, your SMARTER Intentions must be based on your personal truth. Intentions become goals; therefore, honest intentions inspire authentic goals. The more genuine you are about experiencing your SMARTER Intentions, the more likely you are to stick to them. Setting and pursuing false intentions can lead to a lack of interest and motivation, which typically ends in goal abandonment and ultimately in feelings of failure and self-doubt. Feelings of failure and self-doubt can seriously erode confidence and our sense of self-empowerment and success.
My Final Coaching Tips: Set holistic SMARTER Intentions that recognize the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection for different areas of your life, including the areas of self-care, family and relationships, spiritual growth, finances and personal development. Different areas of life ebb and flow together like an ecosystem. Each area of life needs attention. Life should be cultivated and cared for like a plant or flower if it is truly to be enjoyed.
Keep your SMARTER Intentions in front of you; refer to them many times per day until they become part of your subconscious mind. Take inspired actions daily, change course when needed and enjoy the journey!