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“With The End In Mind”

I grew up in a small valley where we only had access to one radio station (Radio Ocoa) and no newspaper.

Every day, around noon or so, they would announce the town obituaries and I used to be fascinated by them. I started to write my obituary/eulogy wherever I could – on the back page of my notebooks, my special notebook with quotes and romantic stuff or even on empty spaces of my new testament. (Laugh Out Loud) I was probably 8 or 9.

[Tweet “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today ~ Malcolm X #mindsetformoms”]

I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but I do remember it was mostly a celebration of the love and success of my life.  It was really motivating to me to create a vision of how I lived a happy life, achieving what, at the time,  I believed to be success. It is sort of like habit #2 of   Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Begin with the End in Mind – Defining Your Contribution and Leading with Purpose.

Then a few years ago, I read a poem by Linda Ellis and it all made sense to me. Simple Truths captured its essence on this video:

How would you describe “your dash” so far?

How will others describe it when you pass?

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Begin with the end in mind…Having a vision of the future affects how we act today. How we act today affects the legacy we will leave to future generations. This legacy can influence even more generations to come.

When you lead a purpose driven life, you have a clear sense of direction to guide you toward having what you want to have, doing what you want to do, and being who you want to become.

What is your life purpose?

What amazing legacy are you building today?

The Future Belongs To Those Who Prepare For It Today – Malcolm X


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