At the start of this new year, I am thinking again about beginning with the end in mind, a concept brought to my attention in 1989 by Stephen Covey. This is habit two in Covey’s pivotal book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which I have read five times. I required the management staff at my previous company to read it as well, because I consider it a must read for any business leader.
This concept of beginning with the end in mind is a critical underpinning to creating one of your best years ever. Isn’t that what you want for 2019? If you do, it starts by knowing where you want to go.
It is so easy to get caught up with being busy and running faster and faster in an effort to get everything done. That busyness may blind you to the fact that you’re running faster and faster in the wrong direction, hence the need to know where you are going.
As Covey says, it is possible to be very busy without being very effective. You may even be very efficient, but unless you have a clear idea of where you are going, you won’t be very effective in getting there. You have to begin with the end in mind.
If you want your business to be more successful than it was in 2018, you need to clearly define what that success looks like. Then you need to organize your business in such a way to achieve your desired future. If you leave it to chance, it is unlikely that you will arrive at your desired destination.
Covey’s second principle, begin with the end in mind, is based on the principle that all things are created twice: first in your mind and then in the real world by making it happen.
What do you want 2019 to look like? Have you created it in your mind? Have you written it down so that your subconscious mind can go to work to help you achieve it? Will you now organize your business and personal life to create the results you want? Without investing the time to envision and write down your goals and plans, it is unlikely that 2019 will be any different than 2018.
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