1. How much of the future is predictable?
  2. How much of the future can be planned for?
  3. Do we have to be surprised all the time?

In observing many lives, including mine, I have come to realise that we’re best suited to adapt to what we’ve previously anticipated. To be completely surprised and caught 100% unprepared means you may have little chance at adapting to what “suddenly” surprised you.

These may be harsh realities, and we live in hard times, full of many uncertainties. To seek to attend to only soft issues is to deceive one’s self. It’s time to take on these tough matters which have resulted from missing the pointers in the past. Decide on your next set of steps to recover some semblance of normality and prepare more. Preparation is the only vaccine against sudden surprise in the future.

I have faced these realities and made a comeback each time. I teach these principles to those I mentor and those I have the privilege of speaking to. Here’s a summary of the “sudden future”:

  • The Future is more Predictable than we care to admit.
  • Some people are better at planning for and predicting that future than others.
  • You can improve your ability to be less surprised by interruptions.
  • You can reduce your recovery time by the steps you are taking long before those “sudden” events occur.

If haven’t done so yet, get a copy of my book What the Future Knows About the Past (on Amazon or Okadabooks). It documents what I found to be true about the journey to recovery: a journey I have taken a few times in the past.