As a wise man once said, “Begin with the end in mind” (Stephen R. Covey). Knowing where to head is fundamental to your growth and a great habit to adapt yourself. Having no clear direction will lead to the inability to divide the relevant from the irrelevant. And besides, a goal keeps you motivated!
Beginning with the end in mind means having the habit of starting every morning, every task, and project with the image of the end goal as a frame of reference to evaluate everything else.
It’s about starting things off with a clear idea of the destination so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.
A great exercise to give yourself direction is to walk through these steps:
- Purpose: What do you want to do with your life?
- Vision: Where do you want to be in the next 3-5 years?
- Goals: What do you want to achieve, personally and professionally, in the next 1-2 years?
- Areas of Focus: What areas of your life deserve your attention?
- Projects: What commitments are you making to achieve your goals?
- Actions: What steps are you taking to meet those goals and get closer to that vision?