Butchering with the end in mind

Every cut, every knife stroke and every single event leading up to the customer receiving the meat, cooking it tenderly over their heat of choice, is momentous. Each satisfied customer is a customer who will all market for you just based on your treatment of them. Each chance that an opportunity to impress someone else is presented, the brand gets bigger. The budgets themselves tend to get bigger and more useful. The way employees are treated and compensated changes also once a place sees it a little bit differently.

The animal arrives to leave again changed and no longer what it was.

So too, must we, go through our processes and change only to leave differently.

Our eyes must be opened to a new set of expectations if we start with the ‘steak’ and work backwards.

What is your ‘steak’?

I cannot speak of what I do not know. I don’t know about corporate work, water cooler gossip, or any number of things that some people do. I can’t speak out of ignorance but I know that in every process there is a finish line that should be kept in sight. I realize that to be of use to anyone at anytime for any reason we must keep sight of our goals and keep the vision firm and clear. We simply flip the process.

How about for instance, I look at an intimate relationship as a prime example of this flipped process. Ok, no, I’m not going to delve into territory not appropriate for all. That would be immoral, I didn’t put you through any of this reading to turn explicit on you the reader. I want to say simply that most of us engage in intimate relationships (hopefully with our spouse) with the end in mind, yet we rarely ever think back about the process to accomplish that ending point. We want the final moment of gratification but how many of us truly think back and reflect on all the things that lead up to a great encounter. We start with the end in mind as Seven habits of Highly Effective People (Covey) teaches us. Too bad we don’t start with the end in mind on every other undertaking we are courageous enough to begin.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) was recently put on a Rock Center program. The Mormon faith was questioned in this spectacular segment. They too have shown how to begin with the end in mind. The vast resources and amazing ability to do God’s work in a seemingly drone like fashion is impacting alot of people in various ways. The end was in mind when they began their work. They set up warehouses, food distribution, volunteer networks, trucking industry, storage facilities and all else one could conjure. The people are prepared for seemingly any and all eventuality (except one). The end is their goal which is awesome and God is showing that the Word is accurate when it reveals that meeting this condition enables things to happen.

“And when the day of Pecntecost was fully come, they were all with ONE ACCORD IN ONE PLACE.”(Acts 2:1) This is huge

Now here is what happens when the people had assembled in one place with one accord; “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it rested upon each of them. And they were all filled witht the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” Acts 2:2-8.

Great and mighty things happened because Peter and the disciples remaining were equipped to be in one place and with one accord. They had a purpose. How much more powerful is a tribe with a purpose than a tribe on the couch? How much more can a group of people accomplish if headed in a same direction than great people going seperate direction?

Have you ever seen a crappy band perform live? Then you will have a clear understanding of not one accord and what it sounds like. It sounds like a veritable train wreck. It sounds awful. It is horrendously painful to the ears. It reflects poorly on the musicians themselves. It is not what I long to hear. I know that some of you are musicians and I beg you to perfect your craft with your group or by yourself so much that it is precise and tight. It takes years to build that kind of togetherness and get the music to flow so beautifully and seemingly easily but we forget they started with the end in mind.

I myself have been involved in some train wreck musical groups. We used to have a number of people gather that were all decent musicians but not one of us could get on the same page with another. That sounds terrible and my ears and everyone elses hurt immensely but yet we kept trying. Instead I should have just canned it and parted ways instead. The funny part was, we all thought we should go drink or smoke some more. That solution turned to be a problem as we found out eventually. The fact remains that we cannot force the end either.

I tried. Unsuccessfully. It wasn’t even good sounding. It turns fixed things into broken if we force it too much. It appears to an unsuspecting and unhappy passerby as noise. Crappy, crummy, slummy noise that noone wants to hear or be around.

If someone wants to hear a sample of what I did for music previously, check out http://www.hatchetflower.bandcamp.com . That was something that started with the end in mind but never quite got to the end. In fact, we never got so far as to get even halfway through. I was frankly, disappointed in myself at the time, but know now that I am privileged that work never came forth in its entirety. Same with the story I have started several times to write. I titled it the New Jungle and had 17,000 words were written before I had my computer crash on me. Then I started over and got three thousand words into it and lost interest. I will start again because I want to finish this work but sometimes, we are better off without finishing it and knowing what that end would have been. Sometimes we push until its broken and shattered. Sometimes we journey to the wrong destination because of that end in mind.

But irregardless of what our journey is we ought to apply the end in mind concept to all things. Christians start their life with their end in mind and so do Olympic athletes. Hurdles happen and improve your character along the way. Often we are challenged and sometimes beyond what we think we can get past. Sometimes we are not supposed to go in that direction at the time. Sometimes though, pushing past the middle to reach the end (delivering steaks to a grill) is what we are supposed to do but will not have it handed to us.

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