Chapter 5

Begin with the End in Mind

None of us is immortal. There will come a time when we shall leave this world, and whether you’ve lived your purpose or not, your time will be out with no possibility of a bonus. Living with the end in mind will help you to align your life to your purpose. You need to live your life in a way that, in the end everyone will have something positive to say about your contributions, achievements, and character. Having this perspective in life will enhance your personal understanding of your purpose and how to go about accomplishing it.

Living With the End in Mind

What does it mean to live your life with the end in mind? It says that you have a picture, an image, or a paradigm of the end as a point of reference by which you examine everything in life. Every part of your life can be aptly observed in the context of your entire life and what really matters to you. By keeping the end in mind, you can be sure that whatever you do in any particular day will not change, in any way, your overall purpose.

Just like a pilot beginning his journey with a destination in mind, so should your life. This means that you should know where you want to go so that you can better understand where you are now and the steps that you will need to take to move in the right direction.

Often, people will find themselves attaining victories that are hollow. They realize that their success came at the expense of thing that was far more important and valuable to them. People from every profession and all walks of life struggle to achieve a high income, more recognition, or a certain level of professional competence. However, they may not realise that their ambition to achieve these lofty goals can potentially blind them to the things that matter the most, and unfortunately, they don’t understand this until it is too late. Your true definition of success will become clear when you consider what you want to be said about you at the end of your life.

Design or Default

In your life, if you are not able to develop a sense of self-awareness and become responsible for your mental creations, you are empowering other people outside your circle of influence to shape your life by default.

If you want to awaken your true calling, then you need to stop living the scripts that are handed to you by your family, associates, and other people’s agenda. These scripts have their origins in people not principles, and cannot lead you to your purpose.

Writing Your Own Script

Since we already have a lot of scripts handed over to us, the process of writing our own scripts can be seen more as a re-scripting process.

In developing your self-awareness, you can discover some ineffective scripts that are deeply embedded in you that are completely incongruent with your values. You are responsible for writing new scripts that are more effective with your deepest values and principles.

Develop a Personal Mission Statement

The most effective way you can integrate the end into your journey is to develop a personal mission statement. Your mission statement should focus on what you want to be, what you want to do, and the values upon which your character and your achievements are to be found.

To write a meaningful personal statement, you have to start at the center of your circle of influence. The center is what consists of the lens through which you view the world. It is what enables you to deal with your values and visions and to help you mentally create the life you were meant to live.

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