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“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”
― C. JoyBell C.

It has often been said that everything in life has a beautiful ending. And if it is not beautiful, then be sure, it is not the ending. So, what do you want the ending of 2014 to look like in your life and business? And, how will you ensure its ending is beautiful?

That question may seem a little trite as we are only on Day number 10 in 2014. However, when you truly give your future some thought…beginning with the ending in mind helps you focus on your goals for what you want to be and do.

In addition, beginning with an end in mind helps you lay out a general plan for success, reaffirms who you are and moves your ideals and imaginations into reality. You control your own destiny and create your own future state.

I personally utilize this technique of beginning with the end in mind to challenge my creativity and imagination when setting personal and professional goals. The ability to envision in my mind what I cannot see in the present is a skill that I have learned to develop and it is based on the principle that all things are created twice.

Naturally, there is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as in real estate, the building design and development follows a blueprint.

So then, I ask the questions again…how are you making a conscious effort to visualize how your 2014 will end? How will you guarantee a beautiful ending?

Hint: start each day, goal, or project with a clear vision of your desired final destination. Then, do the work to get to your destination. At last, imagine a beautiful ending!

~ Preston Byrd