Guest Post* by HATCH! Founder and CEO, Aaron Everhart.
In The Three Laws of Performance, authors Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan, point out why the language of declaration works. In fact, they dedicate much work to this concept. Below, I've paraphrased (or cited) some of Steve and Dave's superb advice.
Declaration: the kind of language that creates a future.
All generative language relies on speech acts — an action taken through language. The most fundamental of speech acts is a declaration, which brings a possible future into existence.
A declared future is not a dream or a hope, rather it is your invented possibility: you put everything you have at stake for your new future.
Through leadership, you can take actions to construct a future that causes you and others to live it:
This is a portion of learning The Three Laws of Performance. Learn the laws, get more effective today, so you have a 'new future' instead of the 'default future' you will have if you changed nothing right now.
Speaking of change, if not being able change is one of the issues, check out Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey for a systematic approach to understanding why we don't change, and how to overcome it.
In 2026 what will your future look like? What have you declared in the past, and how has it created your present? What will you declare today so you can author your future? Leave a comment below!
*The thoughts and opinions of Guest Post contributors are not necessarily those of HATCH! Ventures Vietnam Joint Stock Company.