Past, present, and future.
Up, down, and horizontal.
Right, left, and middle.
Front, back, or sideways.
We constantly live in three contextual states. To make decisions and plans based on what we perceive in just one of those dimensions is a huge mistake. Same goes for making decisions and plans based on data we collect from only two.
We are wise to constantly be scanning, collecting data, gauging the contexts, and assessing the prospects using a 360 degree monitoring process.
Opportunities can pop up from anywhere. So can threats.