The End in Mind 

By Robert Hill

By now, most students are hopefully back in the routine of classes, assignments and studying at Nelson Mandela University. Often, we get so caught with our day-to-day tasks, that we lose sight of the bigger picture – in this case, the completion of both the academic year and our course. 

Steven Covey, in his bestselling book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, lists seven habits that can be implemented to make positive changes in a person’s life. The second habit is “Beginning with the end in mind,” which is especially relevant to everyone at the beginning of this academic year. Of course, though, it is easy to say this, but what are some practical ways you can implement this habit in your studies? 

  1. Ask yourself where you want to be – Where do you want to be at the end of your studies? This sets up your long-term goal that makes it easy to move on to the next step, which is formulating a vision. This doesn’t just have to include academics!  
  1. Have a vision – It is important to have a personal vision for where you see yourself at the end of this year of studies and what skills you want to have mastered. What kind of results do you want to achieve at the end of this year? Once you have decided where you want to be by the end of your studies, you can clarify your vision of how you are going to achieve this. By clarifying this, you set yourself up for achieving your goals.  
  1. Allow the right people to influence and guide you – it is often said that we are the average of the people we spend time with; use this to your advantage and spend time with people who will support you in achieving your goals! Spend time with people who want you to succeed in your goals and who are there when you need help, and you will be well on your way to success! 

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