I built BrianSchnabel.com to be an online extension of me, Brian Matthew Schnabel. I send folks in the Newton NJ area and beyond to this site if they express a desire to connect with me; for any reason personally or professionally. Continue reading A Summary Introduction To Brian Schnabel Online.
When my friend moved into Liberty Towers in the beginning of August 2016; I thought for sure that this latest address change would be a new beginning for her. However, between what I’ve heard and personally observed; I’ve since become convinced that anyone who’s looking for low income housing would do better anywhere but there. Continue reading NewtonHousingAuthority.com; Liberty Towers Newton NJ Visitor’s Review.
What would you like people to think about you when you are gone? How would you like to be remembered by other folks? What would you like them to say about you at your funeral? What achievements would you like to be remembered for? Stephen Covey tells us that if we give these and other questions along these lines careful consideration we will be more able to better understand Habit 2.
Beginning with the end in mind gives us clear criteria to measure our actions against. By thinking about what we want said about us (character and all) at our own funeral, and the accomplishments we want to be remembered for, is an excellent way to determine if our decisions plus actions are in line with what is most important to us.
Buildings are envisioned before they are planned out on paper and constructed. Businesses are born of vision and planning, too. You might have even created a mental picture image in your mind of the kind of person you would like to marry and the family you’d like to have with them long before you ever met these people. Continue reading All Things Are Created Twice: Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Stephen writes here that if we do not take the time to think about and plan out what we want before we attempt to achieve it there is a good chance that we aren’t going to get the proper end result. It is more than likely we will get a default result instead because we weren’t proactive in our approach. So, if you’d like to enjoy a life born out of your own personal design, “Envision it first and then plan it out!”
Are you setting goals in your life without knowing clearly what your values are in relationship to your goals? If you’ve answered yes than chances are pretty good that you are merely managing your life. Mr. Covey tells us that being into leadership means that we are checking to make sure we are going in the right direction with our vision of how things should be. If we’re into management than our concern is more with the day to day operations of life. If we are to be successful in getting to where we want to be we must get into a leadership frame of mind first. Continue reading Leadership And Management: Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Imagination is a beautiful thing especially when it’s combined with conscience. Our conscience is what puts us in touch with a universal level of intelligence where natural values stem from. If we open our minds to it we can draw upon the infinite wisdom the universe has to offer us, showing us what is good in our character and what we ought not to keep. Our imagination helps us to see what we want to be. When used in conjunction with conscience; imagination helps us to work towards and achieve goals that are in line with our deepest core values and the natural laws of the universe.
Stephen writes that the best way to start with the end in mind is to write out a personal mission statement. This statement would outline… Continue reading A Personal Mission Statement: Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
When it comes to writing a personal mission statement/constitution one will need to start with how they view themselves in relation to the world they live in. How do you see it now? How do you want it to be in the future? You are right in the center of your own circle of influence. So it will be your values and basic core principles that will be used to help write your mission statement. Your conscience will be your guide; your compass that lets you know which values and principles this statement should reflect while your imagination works to help you clarify which direction your life should be headed based upon your values and principles.
Stephen writes here about how many folks are operating from centers that help them to feel secure and also provide them a feeling of value or self-worth. He tells us that many of these centers have the opposite effect and tend to bring folks down rather than up the moment there is trouble. If you’re feeling of self-worth and security comes from your marriage (for example) your security and self-worth is easily controlled by the moods of your partner. Other centers of self-worth plus security that tend to be unhealthy for folks include ones based on friends, family, work, net worth, fun, possession and self-centeredness.
Mr. Covey tells us that the simplest way for us to identify our own centers (those things that we derive our self-worth and identity from) is by taking a close look at what we derive support from in our lives. However, He points out that many times our centers may change depending upon outside influences; leaving many people with a feeling of low self-worth and little to know personal identity.
Fundamentally correct Principles, unlike people, places and other things do not change. If we have a principle based center we can draw our security from knowing that we are working from a solid foundation that will aid us in dealing with everything else.
Writing a mission statement is kind of like writing a computer program except that your mission statement isn’t telling a computer what to do next. Your mission statement is telling you what you should do next. Stephen tells each of us that we really are being asked by life what our purpose of it is going to be and our mission statement reflects our answer. Mr. Covey explains that our answer is within us just waiting to be detected.
Everyone has a brain to use. Some of us even have proof that it is there via slides from our last MRI; only having to look at them to remember that it’s there when we feel we need reminding on particularly hectic or even stressful days. However, even if you don’t have the visual proof that a brain really is inside your skull; Mr. Covey assures us that we all have the ability to use our entire brain in day to day living situations. Continue reading Using Your Whole Brain: Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Mr. Covey tells us under this heading that we can use our right brain in two ways. Firstly: we can use it to visualize where we want to be. Secondly: we can transcend time during our visualizations by seeing things in our mind as already happening in the here and now, today. In this way; we are creating a magnetic kind of draw between ourselves and the visualized future that we have imbedded firmly in our mind’s eye.
Expanding your prospective is primarily a right brain function. You don’t have to wait for a life jarring event (like a near death experience) to start you thinking about what it is that you are going to do starting today, the first day of the rest of your life. A proactive functioning individual will begin visualizing now where they want to be in the future in as much detail as possible, with as much emotion as can be imagined; involving all of the senses of the body that can be brought into play. Continue reading Expand Perspective: Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Stephen Covey explains to us in this little part of his book that we can be like many top athletic performers of our time. He says we can do this by affirming via statements what we wish to accomplish and visualizing it; more or less living it in our mind as if it were already reality. Continue reading Visualization And Affirmation: Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
When you write down what your rolls are in life and the goals you want to achieve for each roll you fill you are linking your right mind with your left plus your conscious mind with your subconscious mind. Writing leaves powerful impressions on the mind because it requires focus and concentration. Continue reading Identifying Roles And Goals: Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Under this heading in, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, we discover that it’s not just a good idea to have a personal mission statement. A mission statement can also be a great way to more strongly unify a family, as well. These statements would require input from each member of the family and would reflect the principles and values of the family as a unit with regard to cooperation and harmony, service to others, supporting one another’s interests/talents plus goals as a family.
Mr. Covey tells us that the best mission statements that are written for organizations are the ones all the members of the organization are involved in writing. If folks who work for a company are permitted to be involved in writing the company’s core values and principles, the individual employees more readily buy into the company’s primary vision of service. Continue reading Organizational Mission Statements: Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
If you are like me; you’ve probably discovered by now that setting up Internet Information Services on the Windows 10 platform isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Their Web Platform Installer 5.0 is kind of like “Useless” in this process, too. Fortunately though; there is a cure in the house for getting IIS up and running in the Windows 10 environment that is pretty much pain free. So, using a set of directions I obtained from Microsoft, “Let’s get this party started!” Continue reading Turn On IIS Windows 10 Instructions.
“How come men abuse them,” is a question that I’ve heard many women ask over the years; claiming they aren’t happy with their relationships. To me; it’s really not surprising that so many women are miserable with the men they “choose” to be with. “Yet,” the answer they seek is staring them right in the face and they refuse to acknowledge it. Continue reading Why Men Treat You Badly.
I’m not sure that Capitol Care’s Sussex County NJ based facility is going to be much better for Jenifer Proshuto than the Center For Family Support operated group home in Lincoln Park was. Based upon what I’ve heard; I really think the New Jersey Attorney General and Department Of Health And Human Services need to closely monitor all operators of group homes here in the garden state; also checking to make sure that all involved state employees aren’t on the take. However, the Lord has answered the prayers of a few of us where Jenifer is concerned; returning her to Sussex County, as of September 7, 2016. At least here, praise be to God, she will be closer to her immediate family.
Stephen R. Covey starts off here by explaining That Habit 1 says that we are the person in charge. He goes on to further explain that Habit 1 is based on the endowments of Imagination, Conscience, Self-Awareness and Independent Will. Habit 1 is what allows us to make the decision to change when we find ourselves following a script in life we don’t like. Continue reading Principles Of Personal Management: Habit 3: Put First Things First: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Covey tells us that Independent Will is a beautiful thing! Why? Because it is the one endowment we have that makes it possible to carry out the plans we’ve developed through imagination, conscience and self-awareness. Our independent will is the very thing that can make us when it comes to being successful and well liked in life or break us when it isn’t exercised wisely.
Mr. Covey tells us that the first of four generations of time management is differentiated by the fact that it involves taking notes and writing checklists. He says the second generation involves appointment books and calendars. Generation three involves the attributes of generations one and two, plus goal setting and daily planning, in order to reach the goals that have been set. But Mr. Covey says that people are beginning to realize that generation three, although still widely used by many, is not enough. So, Mr. Covey introduces to us here, Generation Four. Continue reading Four Generations Of Time Management: Habit 3: Put First Things First: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Mr. Covey explains here that there are urgent matters and important matters. The urgent matters are those things we perceive to be important because they are right in front of us; ringing phone, etc. However, important matters are the things that are in line with our life’s mission, principles and values. Continue reading Quadrant 2: Habit 3: Put First Things First: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Mr. Covey tells us that it really is possible to say no to people with a smile and without feeling guilty about it. Stephen points out that if we are working from part two of his personal management matrix it is easy to say know because everything is in place; Part 2 providing values and principles for us to measure the request against.
Moving into part two of Mr. Covey’s personal management matrix requires people to be working from a center based on principles if they are to accomplish those things which are truly important. He points out here that there really aren’t any tools available yet that will help a person to figure out how to do this but tells us that we can use our mission statement as a guide. Continue reading Moving Into Quadrant 2: Habit 3: Put First Things First: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Mr. Stephen Covey tells us that a Quadrant 2 Tool should allow for flexibility in scheduling. It should have a place where we can keep our mission statement; list of our life rolls and goals handy so we can access them whenever we want; making it easy to check and make sure that our time is spent in line with what is truly important to us. But Stephen also recommends that it be a tool that allows for us to organize our time by week rather than day. It is also the kind of tool that should be portable and allow for some spontaneity. Continue reading The Quadrant 2 Tool: Habit 3: Put First Things First: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Managing ourselves from a Quadrant 2 base begins with writing out the rolls we see ourselves spending time in over the course of the next week. Continue reading Becoming A Quadrant 2 Self Manager: Habit 3: Put First Things First: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
So! Now we’ve got our week planned out. Now! What do we do? “Live it!” How? By making the changes we need to make based upon our mission statement and goals, plus principles and values. Mr. Covey points out here; living a life that is more in line with our inner most values is far more meaningful than a life that is simply driven by reacting to impulse and schedule driven demands.
Stephen R. Covey tells us here that the main thing that this new fourth generation of personal time management does for us is to put people at a higher importance than things. It also focuses upon results rather than time. It gives us the opportunity to be effective rather than just efficient. Stephen says this is because we are living a planned out week that is value and principle driven, which Mr. Covey assures us is something far better than if we were to simply stick to the first, second, and, now popular, third model of personal time management.
Mr. Covey writes under this heading that, if we want to get a lot of stuff done, we need to learn to delegate things to other people. He tells us that if we continue to delegate work to time (in other words continually stick to rigid schedules) we are only efficient; losing sight of what is more important and meaningful in our day to day transactions. If we could simply accept that we are not able to do it all; we would be much better off and get a lot more done.