The End Is Where We Begin

Recently, I was at the gym and asked the worker if she made a New Year’s resolution. Her response, “No, I don’t do those. People never keep them.”

I tend to agree with her. We set out gung-ho in the new year, ready to make significant changes in our lives, personally or professionally. As the weeks and months go by, we slowly start slipping back into old ways. (Or maybe you’re like me and blow it in one fail swoop. It’s okay, the Blue Bell is worth it:)

What if we could do something that would better set us up to succeed with the goals and pursuits we have for the year? Would you be open to a shift in your thinking if you knew it could drive results? If so, read on!

Here’s the secret. “Begin with the end in mind,” as Stephen Covey said. What that looks like in terms of a new year and new dreams is we begin by thinking about the end of the year before we consider what we want to start now.

Visual the end of 2019 and hypothetically answer the following questions:

  • What did you accomplish (be specific), and why were these things important to you?

  • How are you feeling about yourself and what contributed to those feelings? For instance, are you feeling amazingly healthy because you ate a balanced diet and made a more focused effort on fitness.

  • What is the state of your key relationships and friendships?

  • What are you most proud of this year?

After we’ve answered “what” we want to accomplish by year-end, it will be easier to define “how” we get there - thus the commitments we’ll want to make for the year. (You’ll notice I said “commitments” not resolutions. To me, commitment is a powerful word that seems to carry more weight than resolutions.

The new year is a great time to make positive changes. Why not try it in a new way that just might lend some new results?