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Short Term sight

When I talk with people and the subject of politics comes up, you know what I hear?  Questions.  The questions range on a variety of topics related to politics and economics.  I don’t have the answers to all of these questions and that’s not what’s important anyway.  The questions are important and are great indicators of so many things.

I’ll share with you some of the questions – Do these guys know what their doing?  They are only concerned with their re-election aren’t they?  How are businesses supposed to take the risk of spending money when they can’t come close to predicting what the government will do next? etc. etc.

Lots of questions – some better than others.  They all point to a few main things.  The first thing is that people – average joe-six pack- has longer term vision than those in government.  It’s good for people to be thinking longer term.  When people do that, they carry less debt, they think about how much risk to take on, they plan, etc. – these are all very healthy functions.  My only hope is that this is a leading indicator of the direction we are heading and that people start electing people that have similar thoughts.

The second point is that our elected officials are thinking very short term – usually the next news cycle.  I’m not sure who to blame for this, besides ourselves ultimately. We have thrived on the 24 hour cycle – or as I like to call it – entertainment.  It’s very short sighted and our politicians have fallen into this.  We can’t solve our current situation with a 24-hour entertainment thinking.  It took years to get us where we are, it will in all likelihood take years to get us out – that takes long term thinking.

The third point is a little more complicated – I would argue that our elected officials have forgotten how to think long term.  They haven’t had to, or refused to, for so long that it’s become a foreign concept.  Add to that this idea.  Only someone with a vision for themselves or for a group or organization, or nation for that matter can truly think long term.  Having a vision for where you want to go requires you to think things out long term.  It also allows you to see that some short term things that many would view negatively need to be done in order to fulfill the much more positive long term vision. Having a vision is a part of leadership.  We clearly lack leadership in this nation right now.  Disagree?  Tell me – what’s the vision for America?

We lack vision from our elected officials.  Obama doesn’t possess leadership – he has no vision.  He’s a placeholder.  That’s not really what we need right now.  We need someone with a vision.  That will give us true hope.

But here’s the thing – we shouldn’t be relying on some elected official to provide us with a vision – that’s a victim mentality.  That’s saying that we the people don’t have to be responsible for where the country is heading.

The people are starting to think long term.  That’s great.  Now is the time to start thinking in terms of vision – Who are you right now?  Where do you want your life to go?  What do you want to accomplish in life?  Who do you want to become?  Who are you becoming?

Let’s take it upon ourselves to define our lives and our visions.  This is important because we shouldn’t expect anyone else to have a vision and define who they are is we haven’t done it ourselves.  Then when we have done it, we can help someone else do this as well.

August 19, 2011 at 6:40 am
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