Begin With the End in Mind

Posted by Sooz on Monday, January 6, 2014 | 4 Comments


I don’t know about you, but I kind of hate the New Year’s Resolution thing. I mean, it seems like a good idea to make resolutions for positive change but I never seem to get very far. I start strong, but before too long I run out of gas. A resolution just doesn’t keep me motivated. I’m not connected to it on a heart level. It’s just a desire with good intentions but it isn’t connected to a bigger purpose. That’s why this year I’m skipping New Year’s Resolutions altogether.

This year I’m looking at the New Year from a different perspective. I want to Begin with the End in Mind! At the end of 2014 I want to look back and feel confident that this year really counted. I want to feel like it mattered in my life. I have decided that the angle I am going to take is to look at what I want the END of 2014 to look like. How do I want to feel when I reach New Year’s Eve 2014? What will make me happy as I review the things 2014 produced?

It was Stephen Covey in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People who reminded us that this is a habit we should all adopt to help us achieve better results in life. When we focus on the end goals we want to achieve in life then mapping our way to them becomes much easier. There is a Goodness that comes from planning in this way. When our hearts connect with an end result then we can invest more deeply in getting there. We have to envision the life we want to live. We have to see it in our minds and draw it to ourselves. The things we focus on are the things that come to us. I have been a student of Goodness for some time now and I can tell you that I see it around me all the time because I look for it.

In 2013 my husband and I decided that it was time for us to make our dream of living in Maine a reality. It was a huge risk but we knew it was what we wanted. I can remember imagining a Maine lifestyle in my mind and seeing myself live it out. I would drive the streets, go to our favorite beach, and look for sea glass, all in my mind. It became a reality in my imagination long before it became a reality in our lives. I must tell you that after being here for 6 months, I am thankful to report that we have never been happier in our lives. So much Goodness has come from this life shift. As for the process, we knew where we wanted to be and we mapped a plan to that destination. It was not without challenges, but we made it.

For 2014, I am thinking about writing. I want to be a published author so I am beginning to plan my course with that end in mind. I have two projects started and I am trying to decide which one to complete first. The other steps in the process are being studied and evaluated so that I will have a completed manuscript by the end of 2014.

What are you wanting to accomplish in 2014? What do you hope to achieve? Can I recommend that instead of making resolutions, this year try to see yourself accomplishing the goal you dream of in your mind – now look back and visualize what it took you to get there. I believe that if you Begin 2014 with the End in Mind, you will find yourself much closer to that target than if you don’t. See your dream as a reality then follow your footsteps back to the beginning.  Take a few minutes to review Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits and get started on your journey to an amazing 2014.

Goodness to you in the New Year!!

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4 Responses

  1. Angela says:

    Thanks Sooz! Great perspective. Resolutions always overwhelm.. Goal-setting while keeping the end in mind sounds way more fun.. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  2. Bill says:

    Thanks for another good idea Sooz. I will work on it.

  3. Melanie Hall says:

    Awesome idea sis!!! So glad you are loving Maine!

  4. Emily says:

    The Desire Map is going to blow your mind…:). So, so interconnected to these ideas!

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