Endings First, Beginnings Second: Maria Von Trapp’s Mistake

By David Geller   |   July 1, 2013

Endings first, beginnings second.  That can’t be right.  Didn’t Julie Andrews teach us in The Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.”

The truth is virtually all beginnings in life start with an ending in mind.  Before we can make a change in our life, we often must end what we have been doing.  This is true whether it is a new job, a new relationship, or even a new investment strategy.

Thinking about what we have just experienced gives us wisdom and insights into forming the next new beginning.  Americans love new beginnings, but before you race off to your next beginning, take a moment to consider the following three questions.

  1. What were the positive aspects of your recent experience?  What would you like to repeat?
  2. What were the challenges you encountered?
  3. What did you learn about yourself that you can help you succeed as you move forward?

Answering these questions could help you convey your next new beginning to a happy and successful ending.

About the Author

CEO David Geller co-founded the firm in 1991 and led the creation of Behavioral Wealth Management. Recognized on numerous prestigious "top financial advisor" lists, David is an in-demand speaker for professional groups and JOYN workshops. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

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