Begin with the End in Mind

Begin with the End in Mind

The last week of December was full of wonder as I unplugged from business and traveled down south to join my youngest son on the Carnival cruise ship, Imagination– He is a solo singer for the cruise line.  Unannounced, his dad and I showed up, and waited for him to “stumble upon us.” He was elated. “BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER,” he said with a heart full of appreciation. 

We (hubby and me)then made our way to Arizona to surprise our daughter for New Years.  She too, was pleased.  And, just when I thought the surprises were over my oldest son shocked us with a wedding proposal and ceremony—he’d been planning the proposal for 18 months. The actual wedding, on the other hand, was a bit on the spontaneous side. But nonetheless, I have a new daughter-in-law.

And now it’s January: A new year, a new beginning, fresh with opportunity and potential; a clean scroll on which to write the next chapter of our lives. Resolutions are being made. Goals are being set. Energy is high.  I sat down and wrote myself a letter. I dated it Jan 1, 2016. I wrote about all the things I accomplished during 2015, and scribed about how amazing it felt. It was inspiring, grounding, and invigorating. I wrote without restriction.

Steven Covey

Steven Covey

 As I wrote I realized that I was  “starting with the end in mind.”  A concept made popular by  Steven Covey  in teh late 80’s  After I  wrote the letter, and  throughout the day, I found  myself asking what do I do  next to arrive at “that”    destination, goal, etc.

 

 

Starting with the end in mind is all about imagining, and envisioning. It is a tool used by countless successful people. We do it naturally in our youth then, for reasons I will not get into in this article, many of us set it aside for more “practical” behaviors as we grow older.

In closing I invite you to rally your imagination and start dreaming . . . maybe even write yourself a letter looking back over all you accomplished in 2015.

How about it?

  • What are you celebrating on Jan 1, 2016?
  • Who are you?
  • What obstacles did you overcome?
  • Who is celebrating with you?
  • What milestones did you reach?
  • What projects did you launch/complete?
  • What vacations did you take?
  • What were some of your favorite moments . . . with family, friends, and business?
  • What AMAZING memories did you make?

 

 

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