How about we start here? At the end. The destination that most of us can’t wait to get to, and yet one that is often overlooked.
I’m quite organised. I tell myself I’m one of the most organised dyslexics you could meet. Planning and the sorting out of start dates I do well. I do think about the end…a little bit, and then I kind of go with the flow, let it be, see what happens when I get there type of thing. But now I’m 30 (plus a year or… two or…) and naturally, I’m thinking about life, the models I use, and I’m starting to pay more attention to the end.
I’m not necessarily talking tomb stones and flowers kinda end, though if you’re thinking and planning for that, then that’s cool, do what you need to do.
I’m talking about the ‘where do you see yourself in 10 years time, what is the end goal’, kind of end. Not just identifying it, but inhabiting it, visually, mentally, and spiritually.
I used to believe that this type of planning can dampen creativity. That it somehow leaves no room for spontaneity and for the artist to grow. Then I discovered that most of my hero’s and shero’s, and a lot of people that are killing it right now in their careers had a plan. A detailed, left and right brain encompassing, ambitious yet leaving room for the unexpected plan. Even the ones who ‘just fell into it’. They fell, and then they got up, and made a plan whilst riding on the waves of their haphazard success.
If I’m honest, one of the things that stopped me from delving deep into this task often associated with business/personal development was fear. Fear of not obtaining the type of end I really want, the end I so carefully mapped out for Idris and I 😉
‘To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take will always be in the right direction.’ – Stephen R. Covey
So Idris is taken, new plan?
Well elements of that particular ending were out of my control lol. Due to the nature of the lives we live this will sometimes be the case, but that doesn’t mean that we have to back out of thinking about the end. What is in my control? What’s in yours?
If you’ve written a mission statement for your business, then you’ve thought with the end in mind. If you’ve planned an event or even what you’re going to have for dinner later today, (pasta- don’t watch me I’m on a budget) then yep you guessed it, you’ve paid some thought to the end.
Three years ago on the 5th of July I formed this company #thankful. I thought about the end, but really, really, I just wanted to start. And maybe that’s true for a lot of us with our creative ideas, and entrepreneurial exploits. Not that we should be so focused on the end that we fail to start, but I believe that if we put some time into thinking about the end goal, getting in tune with what we want, what we really really…(okay I’ll leave that one there lol), but you know what I mean right? Lol. Seriously, there is much value in mapping out a clear plan for our work. It’s not just a cliché. Thinking with the end in mind brings about motivation in a way that’s pure, and it provides the creative with their daily bread.
Much love TAORA Productions x
Photo Cred: British GQ