“Begin with the end in mind” – Dr Stephen Covey
Known as habit #2 from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and one of my favorite all time quotes. This is about vision and planning. Vision for the workplace, for family life or for personal growth, and it is ultimately about personal leadership. You can’t manage others successfully until you can manage yourself. You can’t lead others until you have personal leadership. Covey speaks about the gap all humans can place between stimulus and response; and how making the right decisions’ in that gap lead to positive outcomes. Some refer to this as the internal compass or as “True North”. This is also the famous “personal mission statements” exercise habit. Ever try to write your own epitaph? Take a Covey Leadership course and you will!
While this is designed for personal management it can be easily translated into organizational mission, action plans, and methods chosen to measure success by an organization. Understanding what is important and how you want to get there has helped change the business environment in this country.
Some confuse this to simple “Goal Setting”, as steps to completing a task but it is much more. Goal setting helps you complete something, “Beginning with the end in mind” helps you know it was the right thing to complete!
It starts with understanding what is important to you first and foremost. And then doing it!! …..Personal leadership
I love this stuff.