Begin With the End Goal in Mind

Begin with the end goal in mind

Most people, teams, and organizations don’t clearly begin with end in mind. They don’t tap into the immense and proven power of visualization. Instead of just “going with the flow” we imagine and create the future. The greatest accomplishments were created mentally first.

Before beginning with the end in mind, it is vital to understand “being proactive.” Stephen R. Covey taught that to be proactive is to take responsibility for our lives and our future. When we are proactive, we don’t blame circumstances, conditions, conditioning, and genes for our behaviors.

Stephen R. Covey wrote:

“People are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren’t getting very far. They, in essence, are pushing a rope with all of their might.”

Habit 2 is based on imagination–the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don’t make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default. It’s about connecting again with your own uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself.

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