Reverse Engineer Success – Begin with the End in Mind!
All things are created twice, once in the mind, and once in physical reality. To manifest our mental creations, we must visualize what is that we want, professional and personally. The best way to do this is by defining what we want before we even begin. Not from only a surface level, but also from an internal perspective. This is the concept of reverse-engineering, also popularly known as starting with the end in mind.
The term may seem technical, but in reality, it is a very simple concept. When we reverse engineer, we define and establish our target in our minds. When we do that, we establish direction and destination. At that point, we take constructive action, building what we want day by day. With patience and persistence, we will achieve our goals.
From an entrepreneurial perspective, beginning with the end in mind is imperative for success. When beginning a venture, our initial thoughts are on our goal. Not only is this visual process useful, it can be deconstructed and utilized as a point of lift off. Once we complete the deconstruction process, we can begin to label what components we can attack first, and what we will need to hold off on. There are four basic steps to focus on : determine the most basic level of the goal, confirm your commitment, identify the specific steps you must take to achieve your goal, and finally and most importantly, taking action.
To understand this process, lets proceed with a hypothetical example – let’s say I want to build an internet business in the food catering industry, particularly one that focuses on developing and sharing free content to attract an audience that will purchase premium digital products related to improving their catering business. I’ll provide a brief explanation of what a step is, and an example of the step.
Basic Level Determination
This step will lead to multiple questions and considerations as we move forward. The definition of the “Basic Level” is what you want you want the outcome of your actions to be. What is it exactly you want to achieve within a specific time-frame? In brief, this is your ultimate goal.
Example: Start a food catering blog with frequent traffic within a one year time period. I want my business to sustain my basic needs and provide practical, valuable content to individuals seeking to expand their food catering business.
Ensure Your Commitment
Each entrepreneurial project has a different commitment level. Some involve basic steps, and commitment here is easy because we have the means to dedicate to accomplishing our goal. Some are very resource intensive and require significant means to accomplish.
At this stage, we must assess our commitment, and essentially ask ourselves how much we are willing to sacrifice to get to our goal. We can begin a personal commitment assessment by asking ourselves the following questions:
- Will this problem solve my frustration?
- Is this the only option?
- Am I willing to dedicate X number of hours to this project?
- If I don’t do this, what will happen?
Does this align with long-term and short-term goals of my organization? Of my personal plan?
The number of questions to reaching a definite commitment is theoretically endless. But, focusing on growth/improvement and estimating a resource cost will help you to remain committed.
- Yes, it will lead to be to a place of freedom
- Yes, according to my time constraints.
- Yes, I am willing to dedicate 40 hours per month, or 360 hours per year.
- If I don’t do this, I will not progress in the direction I would like to.
If your answers are primarily positive, then you have guaranteed commitment. There is room for a positive outcome, and now you go into the meaty portion of the problem.