Six Words That Made Me A Better [ __________ ]

Begin With The End In Mind

Start with the end in mind !

Whatever it is, see it first, entirely in your mind’s eye, and create what you see. There you go, end of post, end of story, fini. It’s as simple as that. The end. Like Forest (aka Mr. Gump) might say, “That’s all I got to say about that,

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Ahhh, if it were only that simple. And, as the saying goes, “I’m no Forest.” But I do believe that when it comes to creating something or learning anything, whatever it is, it comes down to seeing it or hearing it in your head and heart before it can become something real.

Speaking for myself, once I see it in my mind’s eye and resolve its creative issues in my thought process, I can achieve it in reality. Once I assign a deadline to it, it becomes a goal. Then, I can break it all into smaller tasks and goals to accomplish what was once just a dream or passing thought.

I relate primarily as an artist, but the thought of starting with the end in mind applies to everything and anything.

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."

Your Own Path

Starting with the end in mind is essential to any project. Before you begin any creative journey, you must know where you are going. The one exception I can think of in art is abstract art (or experimental art, etc.). Still, even then, the artist usually knows they want to create something in a particular size or color palette to touch a specific vibe or evoke an emotion.

Choose Your Way From A to B

When embarking on a journey, it’s essential to have a clear idea of where you want to end up. However, having a destination in mind does not guarantee that your path will be smooth and easy. There may be numerous twists and turns, obstacles, and challenges that must be overcome to reach your desired goal. That being said, it’s essential to remain focused on your end goal, no matter how daunting the journey may seem. Remember, the destination is what truly matters, and there is often more than one way to reach it. Remembering this, you can stay motivated and persevere through whatever difficulties arise.

One of the best examples I can recall is a story shared with me a few years ago (ok, many years back). A pilot once shared that when a plane leaves from Los Angeles headed for Hawaii, they know exactly where they need to land. But along their twenty-five-hundred-mile journey, they make several course adjustments, compensating for weather, acts of God, and other variables. Regardless, they get where they intended, but only because they knew where they were going.

Ultimately, the journey shapes us as individuals and the destination that gives our efforts purpose, regardless of how we get there.

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