“Begin with the end in mind” is based on the principle that ALL THINGS ARE CREATED TWICE. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things.
Take the construction of a home, for example. You create it in every detail before you ever hammer the first nail into place.
For another example, look at a business. The extent to which you begin with the end in mind often determines whether or not you are able to create a successful enterprise. Most business failures begin in the first creation, with problems such as undercapitalization, misunderstanding of the market, or lack of business plan.
The same is true with parenting. If you want to raise responsible, self-disciplined children, you have to keep that end clearly in mind as you interact with your children on a daily basis. You can’t behave toward them in ways that undermine their self-discipline or self-esteem.
To the extent to which we understand the principle of two creations and accept the responsibility for both, we act within and enlarge the borders of our Circle of Influence. To the extent to which we do not operate in harmony with this principle and take charge of the first creation, we diminish it.”
Although we understand the principle, and we “apply” it, the future is still a mystery. The old saying, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray” applies here.
Like goal setting, this principle, in my mind, requires making adjustments along the way to the second creation. I’ve written about the goal setting process in a previous post.
Being bold in life can be beautiful, I believe and live, but it can be full of surprises, so you have to enjoy the ride.
Habit 2 Begin With The End In Mind,
Principles Of Personal Leadership,
By Design Or Default