Begin with the end in mind
Steven R. Covey had this as one of the habits in the book 7 habits of highly effective people, a best
seller which explains why you need to begin with the end in mind. I read that book many many years ago and have listened to the audio over and over as well.
We can think how to begin with the end in mind in all areas of life. I think we most often associate this with business or sales but I recently saw a post an loved the thought that it also applies to a marriage. It makes it so much easier to deal with any little hiccups in a relationship when you stop and think about the end – what do you want in the end? A happy life, right?
What if you took a few seconds?
Imagine how different your life would be if you took a few seconds to ask yourself what the outcome of doing or saying something would be! I certainly forget to do this but when I do remember, it always helps me to make a better decision and stops any negative words or actions in their tracks. I’m not saying I’m a terrible person and always have something bad to say, but I’m just like anyone else and once in a while, my stresses just cause me to not be as careful about my actions.
Like anything else in life, if you practice this habit, you will find that to begin with the end in mind gets easier and easier and eventually becomes automatic. That is the whole point of habits, they are things we do or so without thinking but what you may not know is that if you practice it, you will gain a new habit.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are
- Be Proactive
- Begin with the End in Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood
- Sharpen the Saw
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