Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

“How do I live with purpose & vision?”  Synopsis: Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.

7 Habits Overview post HERE.
Habit 1 Overview post HERE.

If you are ready to challenge yourself to achieve better effectiveness in your personal and interpersonal life – please read on.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.  This means that the best way to predict your future is to create it.  Habit 2 teaches you how to live with vision, mission, and purpose.  A carefully considered plan gives you the mental blueprint you need to create the desired outcome.  This habit is based on the principle that all things are created twice: first mentally, then physically. 

via: Franklin Covey

Task – Write a Personal Mission Statement.  A mission statement expresses your personal sense of purpose and meaning in life.  It can come in the form of a document, poem, collage, or song.  It acts as a governing constitution by which you evaluate your decisions and choose your behavior.

Look at a few examples below:

via: Franklin Covey

Answer the questions below, which will help you think deeply about your life and what is most important to you.

  • Think of a person who has made a positive influence in your life.  What qualities does that person have that you like to develop?
  • What are your natural talents and gifts?
  • Imagine it is 20 years from now and you are surrounded by the most important people in your life.  Who are they and what are you doing?
  • What are the things in your personal life that make life worth living?
  • What are the things in your work life that make life worth living?
  • What are the five things that you value most?

Then free write your personal mission statement.  And don’t worry – no one will see what you write but you!  Unless, of course, you care to share with me below!

Next time I will introduce Habit 3: Put First Things First.

Until then…


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