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The second of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people is to begin with the end in mind.

I think it is one that I frequently have fallen victim to. I’ve spent too much of my life wandering, hoping that something would find me, rather than deciding on a course of action, and working towards reaching it. It has been a hard-won lesson that I can change my course after I’ve begun a journey, but it is a waste of time to wander around aimlessly hoping that the destination will reveal itself to me. There can be multiple ends, and they should be prioritized and ranked in order. I know that once I’ve reached one goal, I can strive for the next. There is usually little harm done in reaching an end, then deciding on a different direction. But there can be plenty of time wasted, and lots of harm done by failing to start with an end in mind.

Thus, I encourage you to begin with the end in mind. Even if you decide after reaching it that you want something different, you will at least have accomplished something, and not still be searching aimlessly.