Begin with the End in Mind
The Key concept is to plan ahead and set goals for yourself. I do things in my life to make a difference. I am important to my school and my classroom. I look for ways to help other in my community and school. This habit is something everyone should try to do to make the world a better place. These are life changing habits. It is amazing watching student’s think of these things when making decisions on their own. When students use the habits they take them home and then parents start using them. It becomes part of the community. To change one students makes all the difference in the world.
Habit 2 is based on imagination- the ability to see in your mind what you cannot see with your eyes at the present moment. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. The first creation in in your mind. The second creation is physical. For example a building has a blueprint, the physical creation follows mental creation. Once you have the blueprint you can build the building. If you do not have a blueprint you cannot build the building exactly how you imagined it. You must make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in your life, then you will allow people and circumstances to influence you in your life by default. “This habit is about connecting again with your own uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself” (Covey). Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each project assignment and each day with a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and where you want to go with each project. Remember Habit 1 you are in charge of your life.
One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 2 into your life is to develop a Personal Mission Statement. This Mission statement should focus on what you want to do and what you want to be. This is your plan for success. This will put your goals in focus, and reaffirms who you are. You are the leader of your life by creating your mission statement. You can create your own destiny and secure the future you want.
The Leader in Me Habit #2