Do You Wake Up Each Day With Your End Goal in Mind?
By Gloria Schmitt
Keller Williams Realty Landmark
Last week I attended a workshop at Keller Williams Realty Landmark hosted by a top national speaker, Naeem Mahmood, on behalf of the Tony Robbins Peak Performance Workshop. The intent of the workshop was to help us establish routines, develop a positive “unstoppable” mindset and to prepare us physically, mentally and emotionally in order to maximize our outcome and to attain our goals. If I’m going to be completely honest, my original thought was here we go again, another motivation speaker who’s going to tell me how changing my mindset will me make me more productive and more happy. Despite my initial notions, I attended the workshop with an open mind and received an unexpected gift. In layman’s terms, he blew my mind with one power sentence he quoted from Jack Hyles “Success is on the same road as failure, success is just a little further down the road”.
Coincidentally at the same time as the workshop, I began reading the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Naeem’s words were in total alignment with everything I was reading which further helped me realize that our destinies are directly correlated with our mindset. Are we reactive or proactive? Do we start each year, each week and each day with our “end in mind?” Until recently, I did not. I was too busy getting through life to worry about tomorrow, next week or next year.
Stephen R. Covey challenges the reader to think about a loved one who had the will to live while batting an illness and then visualize your own life at its end. Two prominent and emotional things stood out for me in that moment. I lost my mother to ovarian cancer years ago and at the time of her diagnosis she was given less than six months to live – she willed herself to live over two years simply because she had her “end in mind” and was not done living. I laugh as I remember this 4’11” woman yelling at the doctor that neither he nor any of his colleagues would ever tell her when and how to die. After her death my brother was diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma and beat the odds and survived … he told me that in his dreams I was an “old lady” so he knew that he would survive the illness and see his children grow into adulthood.
As for me, I have taken on a whole new mantra from the lessons I’ve learned from these two very smart gentlemen. I begin each morning by visualizing my “end in mind” (Stephen R. Covey). I know that I have so much more to accomplish and to contribute. So how do I plan on doing that you ask? By choosing to be proactive in lieu of reactive and using my “R and I” (resourcefulness and initiative)! Take responsibility for your actions, take the time to control your destiny and never lose set of your goals! Wake up each day with your end goal in mind J