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Monday, May 3, 2010

Before You Start, Envision Your End Result

"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."

~Stephen Covey

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/


Sue said...

These are great questions to put on a post it note and keep by my computer or on my desk. We so often plan "opposite way around" so to speak!
Sue Painter

Linda Pucci, PhD said...

I like to actually walk through each step. I figure out what the first step is, then step forward physically, imagining that I'd achieved it. Then I think about the next step and physically step forward. Planning your steps this way gets you involved kinesthetically (in your body) so you really can clearly imagine each step and its completion, and can figure out what is next.

Terri Brooks said...

Thanks Linda for this great post. Focus is so important, but seldom mastered, especially by me! :)

I will work hard to be specific and take it one step at a time.

Terri Brooks

my beautiful life said...

I'm envisioning a clean desk!

I especially like the follow up tip to bring the vision into the body --- one step forward while imagining completing that step!

I remember you doing this at one of our mastermind retreats. Brilliant!

Sandy Rees said...

I'm envisioning for myself a promotion template that I can use when I'm offering a new book or webinar series. It's holding me back not to have one. My first step is to brainstorm a list of things I can do as part of the promotion, then decide when each one will need to happen (1 day before, 1 week before, 1 month before).

Thanks for the kickstart!

Sandy Rees
Fundraising Coach

Linda Pucci, PhD said...

Sandy, that sort of template sounds fabulous--I'd love to see your finished template!

Chris Kahl, R.N. said...

Linda this is such sage advice and cannot be reinforced too much. I'm going to sit down right now and think about my goals for the day and the end results!

Kristina said...

What a great way to making a big leap so much more manageable (and less scary). One step at a time. I like your note about physically taking a step as you map out your action items. I am going to try that.

Kristina Shands

loudsinger said...

Today I am literally taking the first steps in 60 days since I broke bones in my ankle. I just KNOW I will make a come back in this recession and clients will stay with me in my 26 year old massage therapy business in Maryville, TN. When you KNOW it, it will follow that it will happen! I wish this on you! Tina Becker