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Saskia Constantinou
Journalist, Cyprus

About Beginning with the End in Mind (Covey)

🔥 How is it possible to multiply time when we all have the same 24 hours in a day?

Stephen Covey in his book "The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People" made a huge impact on me and while all his habits are worthy and important, the second one is often forgotten.
"Begin with the end in mind"

One might initially believe that it is about time management, but it's much more than that. It is about imagination and is based on the principle that all things are created twice the mental creation and then the physical, actual one. So, in his words "If you don't make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default."

Each day you need to plan for success and have a clear vision as you plan the day, your direction and destination. This allows managers to put goals into focus, move ideas to become reality and lead with success in mind.

I also found that by doing this you multiply your time. You learn to focus on exactly what needs to be done that day and do not allow distractions to change your focus. I understand that some situations need immediate attention in management, but these need to be considered, timed in or even procrastinated. Procrastination is not always negative. People who multiply their time place significance as a parameter. One does not need to worry about getting everything done now, or today there are many tasks which can be left until tomorrow.

And by allowing oneself this freedom you can multiply time by spending time on things today that give you more time tomorrow.
 

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Nassim Rabii
Manager, Tunisia
 

Importance of Beginning with the End in Mind

I foud it quite interesting to think about how to spend the day. I guess one of the most important ... Sign up

 
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Saskia Constantinou
Journalist, Cyprus
 

Thank You for your Comments

@Nassim Rabii: Thank you for your valuable comments. I think those first morning hours are the most ... Sign up

 
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Alonso Estrada
Director, Colombia
 

Beginning with the End in Mind is a Good Advice

It needs to be combined with proper prioritizing and obviously, if you have a team, with proper dele... Sign up

 
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Ed Olhausen
Teacher, United Kingdom
 

The Importance of Knowing your Destination

Interesting thread. I love the 7 habits book as well. For me the "begin with the end in mind" princ... Sign up

 
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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

If you don't Know Where You're Going, Any Road Will Take you There

@Ed Olhausen: Thanks for sharing this very good build. Reminded me of Alice's Adventure in Wonderlan... Sign up

 
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Ed Olhausen
Teacher, United Kingdom
 

What Role Does Accountability Play in This?

@Jaap de Jonge: Absolutely! Sadly most people probably haven't got a clue what their "end in mind" i... Sign up

 

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topic Extra Habit: Enthusiasm
topic Write a Personal Mission Statement
topic Tools for being Proactive?
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topic Covey's 8th Habit: Expression of a Higher Level of Awareness
topic Extra Habit: Spirituality
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topic Principled-centered Leadership
topic Reasons for the 8th Habit
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