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Begin With The End In Mind

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

Day 344


Begin with the end in mind is one of the habits Steven Covey wrote about in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I had something else in mind to write about today, up until I watched the 6+ minute ESPN E60 video Remembering Coach John Altobelli, His Wife Keri and Daughter Alyssa. And now, beginning with the end in mind is all that I can think about.

The end is very real, and while it doesn't always mean death, death is the end for which all of us are destined. It is painful to think about, but it is work giving some thought.

In the chapter dedicated to beginning with the end in mind, Covey urges the reader to write their own eulogy from the perspectives of several different people in your life: family, friend, colleague, neighbor, etc. I have not yet done the exercise, but in the wake of the January 26 helicopter crash, while flying the flags at our baseball field at half staff in honor of our fallen peer, it is something that I have spent a lot of time thinking about.

"To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you're going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction."

How can you possible know what direction to go if you don't know where you are going to begin with? How can you improve as a person if you don't know who you want to be to begin with?

Where are you going?

Who do you want to be?

Begin with the end in mind, and constantly reevaluate yourself and the direction in which your choices are leading you.

Are your actions today helping you make progress in the direction of your desired destination?



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