"We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind."
Knowing where you are going, having a vision of your desired outcome, starting with the end in mind is key to really being effective at achieving your goals. Without knowing where we are going, we tend to waste our resources of time, energy and money. We meander around trying to figure out what we want. We start and stop, going down blind alleys, focusing on things that are irrelevant to our end result. Taking the time to envision your end result will ultimately save you time and energy, and allow you to pursue your goals most effectively.
This week: Identify some area of your life that is not working the way you would like it to. Take time to think about how you would like things to be instead. Be very specific. How will you know you are successful at changing it? What will that end result look like, sound like, and feel like? Really envision your end result. Now ask yourself, "What is the first step I need to take in order to get there?" Take that first step. What is the next step? Keep moving toward that goal until you get that end result you had envisioned. Notice how much more quickly you made progress toward that outcome by being clear about where you wanted to end up.
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach, author and expert in helping people achieve their goals. She specializes in helping people get rid of self sabotage--those things we often do unconsciously that block our success and happiness. For more information about her services, go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/