Stephen Covey, 7 Habits-chapter 2, Begin With The End In Mind

Dont let the chapters title fool you. It just looks simple, fun and easy.

Before you know it you will be participating in a unique drill to inspire your thoughts of the future.

You find yourself at a funeral which after following the process turns out to be none other than yours. Give in in to this exercise, it is very powerful.

What is it that you would like the speakers to say about you? How will you be remembered?.

Amongst the speakers are people from your family, friends, community and work. What would they have to say about you?.

What kind of person were you, what sort of son, mother, grandparent, friend or work colleague? What has your character been like and how have you touched the lives of those around you?

Make sure you take notes. You will want the results of your thoughts clearly defined.

Right in front of you in front of your very own eyes will be your definition of success.

Life today gets busy, it’s hectic and it’s very easy to lose sight of the pathways to our success.

Starting a journey without an end in mind is not a journey at all. Your end in mind is critical.

The principle that ” all things are created once” is the basis for this entire chapter. There is always a creation made in the mind first and followed by a physical creation.

Take a second and think about it. Do you map out your journey to a friends house in your head first before taking to the roads? Is it open slather when you go shopping or does health and diet affect your buting habits-

There is a tremendous section regarding leadership which highlights the differences between management and leadership. It makes for very interesting reading.

Closely followed is a section referred to by Stephen Covey as the most effective way he knows to “Begin with the end in mind”.

The “Personal Mission Statement”.

Your statement will define who you want to be and what you need to do.

It takes a lot of though and some consideable effort as it is based totally on your personal values and principles.

Ultimately your statement will form the back bone to your decisions, both big and small. These decisions will no longer be dependent on your circumstances or emotions at the time.

There is a simple way to describe the first 2 chapters as explained by Stephen Covey

Habit 1 says “You Are the Programmer” and Habit 2 says “Write the Program”.

Habit 2 changes direction towards self awareness and our ability to examine our own thoughts.

It also examines how our left and right sides of the brain tend to dominate the way we see thw world. It’s very interesting.

As if this chapter hasn’t drained you of your emotional energy it delves into topics such as visualization, affirmation and the identification of your roles and goals.

If you seriously want to get the most out of this book, your participation is highly pathway to your destiny and how you get there will be a real eye opener if you haven’t done the funeral exercise before..

I remember when I first did this exercise and waht I can share with you ids that my priorities have never really been the same since. Enjoy.

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