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Begin With the End in Mind


The phrase “begin with the end in mind” is something I often fall back on when I am challenged with working on a creative project or figuring out a task.   I can make an argument that this is the single most important thing for building strategy…and that can be for making art or raising kids or dealing with any of life’s challenges.  If you can’t “see where you want to get to”, you may simply be left to luck or chance.

When it comes to managing life through a one of a kind year like 2020, knowing where you want to be twelve months from now is paramount.   The phrase comes from Stephen Covey in his world renown book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.  He says, “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.”

Think about that: “pushing a rope with all their might”.  Powerful imagery.  If you want 2021 to be better, the world needs to calm down.  And, you need to establish exactly where you want to be this time next year so you can pull the rope in the right direction. ☺