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.