Starting with the end, sounds a little crazy doesn’t it? Have you heard the expression you can’t put the cart before the horse? Well… I’m here to tell you while that might be somewhat true, it is also, very wrong. Stephen Covey said To Begin With The End In Mind in his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. He could not be more right in terms of success.
Here is why, starting with the end in mind doesn’t mean you are doing something wrong. It means you are able to see your desired results and outcome. Then the question becomes, how do you get there? It simply changes what path you take to get to the end results. This is so important because, people tend to waste so much of their time simply not knowing what they want. They don’t really know who they are. They choose to often stay in a small comfort zones, on a schedule or routine and they don’t really like change. They are also, the same individuals who are just waiting on the right timing, or dreaming on the faith wishing star that things will just magically work out. While sometimes things do fall into place the way they want them to, it is not always the case. Then of course, they tend to be upset or disappointed when it doesn’t go their way.
So, if you know who you are, what you want, what lifestyle, career, or goals you want; then you are already ahead of the game some. Knowing what you want is only a small piece of the cake though. You have to learn to grow, adapt, learn quickly, and actively apply yourself to your goals. Honestly, very little is going to come to those who don’t work hard to achieve it. Thinking with the end first is simply setting yourself up for success. You can ask yourself, where do I want to be in five years, ten years and retirement? Do you see yourself wanting to work for a paycheck the rest of your life? Well I’m sure you don’t… Most of us don’t. But, do you have a plan in place to give you those desired results? Now is the time to start considering those things and ask yourself some difficult questions. Start asking yourself, what are you doing to make it happen? Are you searching for a new job, are you learning new skills, are you being proactive and doing what is needed to meet any of your goals?
At the end of the day you are accountable for yourself. Your chances of success improve when you become proactive. It is also, very important to understand that you need to learn from each and every circumstance you encounter, the successes and the failures. Some of the most successful people learn from their mistakes and failures but, more importantly of those around them. Think of yourself as a learning sponge. Every night I take time to process my day and look at things from other peoples perspective. This allows me to be more aware of what is going on around me. You need to make a significant effort to learn how to analytically breakdown circumstances. Gathering and analyzing information based on facts is key to learning how to grow. By allowing yourself the knowledge of learning from failure you can be productive in planning a better course of action.
Knowing who you are, allows for you to start with the end in mind. It allows you to set meaningful goals, and achieve success on your own terms. For anyone who is looking to start new or trying to adapt to changes, should consider giving this a try.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss (Oh, The Places You’ll Go)