For about 10 seconds this afternoon, I saw the future.
Let’s get this out of the way first: I did not take any serious drugs either.
It was late in a playoff American Football game between a young, unproven local team, the Cincinnati Bengals and a team that’s been perceived to be near the top of the league for several years, the Kansas City Chiefs. I was at my friend’s house, who was hosting people for the game. We were in the garage when a key play happened in overtime that would change the outcome of the game.
We starting jumping up and down in celebration when it hit us.
The TV in the garage is about 30 seconds ahead of those in the house. The 40 people in the house had no idea this was about to happen. For all intents and purposes, in that house and at that moment, we had literally seen the future.
We ran back inside to a nervous room full of people watching the game. The next play, which I already knew the outcome of, hadn’t even started yet. When the big play happened, the room exploded into jubilation and high fives.
Amid the revelry, it made me think, when was the last time you knew what the future was going to be?
When was the last time you walked into an interview knowing without a single doubt that you were about to knock it out of the park? Or into the negotiation knowing you were going to win? Or into the presentation knowing your pitch is unimpeachable?
If we are willing to put in the work, we too can see the future; not because of some glitch in cable programming, but rather because we manifest our own destiny.
The future is ours if we want it.
Go take it.