Begin With the End in Mind

27 03 2009

Now that you have made your plans and asked for directions as needed, it is time for us to get ready to put our plan to action as we begin to discuss Put Your Car in Drive next week.  However before we get into gear, the most important nugget I can share with you is that we MUST begin with the end in mind.

“All things are created twice. 

There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or

second creation of all things.  You have to make sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really what you want, that you’ve thought everything through.  Then you put it into bricks and mortar. 

Each day you go to the construction shed and pull out

the blueprint to get marching orders for the day. 

You begin with the end in mind.”  

– Stephen Covey


Your charge from this day forward is to begin with the end in mind as you move in the direction of your prize.  I am sure you have seen how construction workers begin with the end in mind by utilizing their blueprint and look at it often as they are under construction.  Well consider yourself under construction!   You see the course you have set has now become your blueprint toward building your prize, your vision, your goals and so you must refer to it often as you are constructing and/or building the future of your dreams.  This is how you begin with the end in mind, so as you look at your blueprint as you go, you create your things to do list to get things done.  This may occur daily, weekly or monthly, I suggest you do this at least weekly but it is totally up to you how often this is done. Nevertheless as you look at your blueprint, it will help you to see what you have completed each week and what needs to happen next.  It helps you to check off completed items so you can see the progress you are making as it helps you to feel like you are actually making head way toward constructing your prize!  This is where I now share the 2nd part of the bible verse I shared with you a month ago in our blog on February 27th as we wrote our vision statement….

Write the vision and make it plain on tablets.

That he may run who reads it.”

-Habakkuk 2:2


Have you ever heard someone say they are running with it?  Like at work when you are at a meeting and someone thinks of a new idea or concept to work on? Well if you are running with it you are making it happen, you are announcing to the world what your goal is and you are staying focused on getting to it at all costs.  In essence what we are doing is….

”I press toward the mark for the prize

of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

 -Philippians 3:14


What we need to do is focus on running straight toward our prize, our vision, our goal, and with God’s help, we will not let anything distract us from it as we stay focused on it! As we Begin With the End in Mind! Or as we Keep Our Eyes on the Prize!


So as we prepare to drive toward it, you must figure out how to stay in this mode of referring to your blueprint on an ongoing basis, making your to do lists, crossing things off as you complete them and then making new lists as you refer to that blueprint and Begin With The End In Mind! The question to ponder for this week is, in what ways will I Begin With the End in Mind?


“Winning starts with beginning”

-Robert H. Schuller


“Mighty things from small beginnings grow”

– John Dryden

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

-Chinese Proverb




One response

29 03 2009
Jeanette Conrad-Ellis

Girl, this is so true. Successful people live by this creed. I often must remind myself that the end will be so much greater than the now (Romans 8:18) especially when the crazy folks in my world (aka haters) try to trip me up & distract me with their drama….I force myself to push on with the end in mind…and trust that I am fulfilling God’s purpose for my life…which fuels me to continue in the midst of the madness. Lova ya! jc

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