Special Report to Blowing Rock News by Jared Nichols. September 5, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Last time I discussed how technology has impacted our ability to relate to each other. Since then, I’ve been thinking about how it affects the way we relate to ourselves, our inner dialogue.
The technologies we now use on a daily (hourly? minute-by-minute?) basis has the potential to impact our lives tremendously, but it is up to us to determine if that impact is a positive one. It means that we have to be conscious, even vigilant, in the way we use them. It means that sometimes we have to turn off our devices and reflect.
Of course we know this; it’s a “thing” now, one more item on a long list of “shoulds” – just like exercise, family dinners, and meditation. However, a healthy technological life isn’t something you can just check off your list and move on. It permeates every part of your life, it is the primary conduit through which so much is accomplished in your day-to-day. It is also an extension of your thought life (just check your Google history if you don’t believe me). So, it makes sense that we approach technology with a healthy respect, an understanding of its power and potential to change us if we allow it. While change is unstoppable, we must remember the we have the power to influence change in a positive way.
When I work with new clients, I often introduce them to the concept of “scanning,” a practice used in strategic foresight to make sense of large amounts of information with the intention of uncovering trends and potential events. While there is a concrete process for scanning, I like my clients to adopt it more as a philosophy, a new way of looking at the world and processing information. In order to do this though, they must learn to be conscious and intentional in their acquisition of new information. In the same way, I think we could all benefit from being more conscious and intentional in the way we use technology. Sure, there are many, many things we could be doing with technology, but what are things we should be doing with it? Being intentional is really central to the idea of “shaping your future,” rather than allowing yourself to be shaped by a future you never intended. It is a simple practice or philosophy that, when applied to your interaction with technology, can put the power back in your hands.
ABOUT JARED NICHOLS
Jared Nichols is a deep futures strategist, executive advisor, speaker, and coach. He provides the tools to help leaders and organizations gain competitive advantage, seize new market opportunities, drive in new revenue, and increase profits. As one of the few people in the world to hold a Masters Degree in Strategic Foresight, Jared is sought out by leaders, organizations, and entrepreneurs to help them identify and create their long-term successful future.
Jared’s insight and expertise is utilized across a wide variety of sectors and industries from Fortune 500 companies to government municipalities, entrepreneurial start-ups, as well as some of his most recent work in Hollywood with accomplished actors, writers, and producers, helping them reinvent themselves and discover new areas for growth both inside and outside the bounds of their industry. Jared also sits on the Leadership Council for the National Small Business Association with a focus on equipping SME’s with the ability to anticipate change and influence public policy in favor of small business growth. As a highly prolific author, Jared has published over 50 articles and is the author of Rethinking Your Next Quarter (Century): How to Create Continuous Growth and Ensure Future Relevance, Rethinking Reinvention, Leading the 21st Century: The CEO’s Guide to Thriving in a Volatile and Uncertain Future, and Four Futures for the 21st Century Non-Profit. Jared is also a musician, composer, competitive cyclist, and trail runner living in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and their two sons.