Begin With the End in Mind

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Steven Covey proposes a quite unusual thought experiment that he terms “beginning with the end in mind.” What he actually suggests is that you write your own obituary! While this may seem to be somewhat macabre, it is actually a brilliant exercise, in that in forces you to think about your legacy and how you would want to be remembered.

Give it a try: as you  embark on a new year and new decade, take a moment and ask yourself what you would want to be remembered for. What are the three most important things to you, and who in your life deserves your love and attention? Think about what projects are worth focussing on, and, for that matter, what can you let go?

Make this year one that matters. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if a year from now, we can all say we had a meaningful 12 months, and didn’t waste time and energy on trivialities?

It’s all about how keeping the end in mind will help you keep things in perspective. And in this high anxiety era, we can use all of the wonderful tools at our disposal.