Don’t tell Stephen Covey, but I basically skipped the chapter called ‘begin with the end in mind’.
I thought, “this is a bit philosophical… I just want to get organized and get stuff done. I’ll just wing it.” For about 18 months, I’ve put some of Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People into play, and the weekly planning has definitely given me focus on how I want to spend my week. However, I’ve been feeling that all my activity lacks coherence— what’s holding it all together? Where’s it all leading?
Sheepishly, I’m realizing I have to go back and do my homework. Without intimately knowing my purpose and my goals, all the planning is just aimless activity. It can be the same with money: you tweak your weekly or monthly routine, save more, but why? You’ve got to have an ultimate purpose.
If you start making a plan before you’ve established the dream and goal, you’ll only get so far before you run out of motivation. Doing the plan before the goal is like putting the cart before the horse. The cart is meant to be pulled by the horse. Yes, it’s a bit philosophical, but if you haven’t spent the time to clarify the reason behind it all, trust me, it’ll stop you eventually.
Honestly, I’ve never planned my year before , but I’ve been taking some time to reflect and craft my mission and my purpose. This new year, I want my plans and activity to all be leading me somewhere on purpose. What are your big goals and dreams for this next year?