Far too often, we meet or hear about incredibly successful people (in terms of accolades, material wealth), who still appear as though they're chasing something they may never obtain. They are utterly dissatisfied with their accomplishments, because at the core, it does not resonate with their personal vision, because they don't have one. Or worse, it was a path that was chosen after abandoning some major initial life goals. It appeared to be the path of least resistance, so upon achievement, they are left wanting more.
So in this age of spontaneity, ever-advancing technology, startup hubs, and the impossible seeming closer to possible, how can we start with the end in mind? How do we resist the temptation to constantly jump on the bandwagon of the movement-of-the-moment to get clarity on a personal vision for our lives? I think it starts with monitoring the wave of emotions we experience. What causes us to get incredibly excited when we see, read, hear, or encounter it? What topics/issues consistently evoke an emotional response in us when it comes up? What books are we drawn to? What type of people do we enjoy being around?
When we get intentional about monitoring the answers to these questions, they will reveal a pattern worth exploring. Then, we can engage a community of people who we love and respect, to obtain feedback we would welcome because of their role in our lives. This is just a start, but that's the beauty of starting isn't it? It will lead to more revealing insights.
To start with the end in mind means to be committed to pursuing a clearly defined, intentional mission for our lives with milestones that are easily recognizable to us, simply because we were living all the while with the vision in plain sight.