I’m a religious man, and I do believe in the power of prayer and even divine intervention, but I also believe in the “free will” God blesses everyone with to act, react and impact. That’s a big reason why I also believe in spotting and watching trends. And, why at an early point in my career I became a big fan of trend authors and futurists like John Naisbitt, Megatrends 2000, Joel Barker, and Future Edge and now TrendWatching.Com where you can register to get free briefings. They report on very cool insightful stuff.
I don’t buy into everything that these folks say, however I do believe they offer some great insights that might help you too.
We can all be impact players in life – personally and professionally – if we pay attention to the clues around us, take action and heed Thoreau’s sage advice, “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
P.S.: The image of a Trend Map for 2009 can be found at NowAndNext.Com along with some other interesting trend reports.