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.
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?