Keeping the “End Game in Mind” directly relates to Dr. Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The second habit is to Begin With the End in Mind.
Wikipedia did an excellent job summarizing this chapter:
Envision what you want in the future so you can work and plan towards it. Understand how people make decisions in their life. To be effective you need to act based on principles and constantly review your mission statement. Are you – right now – who you want to be? What do I have to say about myself? How do you want to be remembered? Change your life to act and be proactive according to the Habit 1. You are the programmer! Grow and stay humble.
I call it the “End Game” because it’s the final result. It’s what you’re working for, what you desire most!
When you hear of people who have “vision,” this is what they’re talking about. Vision is the same as future orientation; the extent to which an individual thinks about the future, anticipates future consequences, and plans ahead before acting.
So how do you actually begin with the end result?
End Game in Mind
Become a Child Again
Kids are so gifted and created until attending school. We lose our imaginations there. But now its time to get it back. The power of the imagination will help you create in your mind what you want and will also make it more likely that you’ll acquire your most desirable outcomes. Fantasizing about “what could be” is truly what The Secret is. This is a common theme from the most successful people in the world. Even Napoleon Hill refers to this in his bestselling book, Think & Grow Rich. Become a child again and Day Dream your fantasies to reality.
Know What You Desire
What do you want? Simple! That’s it. Ideally we’d be looking for something you’ve never done before, think it’s impossible, scares you to think about actually undertaking it, and have no clue how to do it. You don’t have to do this but it’s what Bob Proctor recommends. Once you know exactly what you want, the next step will take you a little further.
That Exact Moment
What’s the last thing that needs to happen in order for you to know you’ve done it? Seriously think about this question and give it thought. If someone came up to you and asked if you’d achieved your goal yet, how’d you know how to answer? Were looking for that exact moment when you know you achieved what you were working towards. Once you know this, then write a movie scene script about that exact moment. Act it out and live it in your mind daily!
Now you know what you’re working for it’s time to plan out what you think needs to happen in order to achieve it. List off everything you believe needs to be accomplished first before you could ever manifest your dreams to reality. Rearrange your list in a possible sequential order you believe needs to be accomplished. Then what needs to happen in order to achieve each one of the and put them into sequence to. Keep doing that with everything until you know what to do first. Or…be like me and just do what you believe is best and then figure it out as you go. I still make lists like this but I do it as I go, trusting my instincts to jump start everything.
First Things First
The third habit in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is so important Dr. Stephen Covey dedicated an separate book on the subject, First Things First. As you know more about what you’re doing and what needs to be accomplished, prioritizing becomes easier. Knowing what’s important versus what’s urgent. If you’re clueless like me when I start most experiments, find a mentor to be your guide.
Dream up something you’d love to do and do it. No excuses! Do what you love!