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Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind
Transcript of Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind
Personal Mission Statement
-A Personal Mission Statement is like a personal credo or motto that states what your life is about.
-It's like a blueprint of your life and future.
-This will open your eyes to what's really important to you and will help you make decisions accordingly.
The Great Discovery
The Great Discovery is an activity that helps you get in touch with your deeper-self.
By the end of the activity, you should have a better idea of what inspires you, whom you admire, what you enjoy doing and where you want to go with your life.
As you strive to begin with the end in mind and create your own personal mission statement, watch out for these three roadblocks!
Life is short, Since your destiny is still uncertain, why not make it extraordinary? Always set goals, and
begin with the end in mind,
and you can be anything you want to.
It's All About Decisions
Control your own destiny
before someone else does..
of what you want
with your life.
Deciding what your
Why is it Important?
The paths you choose will affect you
If you don't decide
someone else will
The decisions you make now develop the picture of where you will be in the future. There are many different types of decisions, some of the main ones being;
-You have to decide who your friends are going to be
-The people you surround yourself with will have a big impact on who you are as a person
-You can't wait until the heat of the moment to make these decisions, they have to already be made
-Making the wrong sexual decisions can affect your reputation, self image and health
-The decisions you make and the way you act in school can shape your future in a major way.
Who's in the lead?
"Control your own life or someone else will"
Without the end in mind, we are often quick to follow anyone who is willing to lead
Lead your own life, and let yourself decide who you want to be.
I will remain faithful to god.
I will not underestimate the power of family unity.
I will not neglect a true friend, but I will set aside time for myself as well.
I will cross bridges as I come to them.
I will begin challenges with optimism, not doubt.
I will always maintain a positive image and high self-esteem, knowing that all my decisions begin with self-evaluation
Have confidence in yourself and everyone around you.
Set reachable goals.
Be kind, courteous and respectful to all people.
Strive each day to reach interdependence.
Never take the simple things in life for granted.
Remember that before you can change someone else, you must first change yourself.
Make time to help the less fortunate.
Read the 7 Habits every day.
Read this mission statement every day
Now it's time to write your own!
In the space provided on your worksheet, write a rough mission statement that outlines your goals, values and beliefs.
Uncovering Your Talents
It's Important to discover what you are good at.
Everyone has many talents, even though some are not as attention grabbing as others (giving, forgiving, drawing).
Jot down a quick list of talents that you have (think sports, arts, personality, etc)
Think of a person that had made a positive impact on your life. What qualities does that person have that you would like to develop?
Imagine 20 years from now you are surrounded by the most important people in your life. Who are they and what are you doing?
If a steel beam (6 inches wide) were placed across two skyscrapers, for what would you be willing to cross?
(E.x $1000? 1 million $? Your dog? Your sibling?)
If you could spend one day in a great library studying anything you wanted, what would you study?
List 10 things you love to do. (e.x singing, reading, drawing, watching TV, Anything!)
Describe a time when you were deeply inspired.
Five years from now, your local paper does a story about you and they want to interview three people:
A parent, a sibling and a friend. What would you want them to say about you?
Think of something that represents you.. a rose, a song, an animal.. Why does it represent you?
If you could spend an hour with any person who ever lived, who would that be? Why? What would you ask?
Now, take a look at your answers. Go back to the rough mission statement you wrote earlier and make any changes or additions you feel are necessary.
1) Negative Labels
2) "It's All Over" Syndrome
3) Wrong Wall
-False labels given to you by peers, family, teachers, etc.
-"You're the laziest kid I know."
-Labels are an ugly form of prejudice.
-You can live with these labels, as long as you don't start to believe in them yourself.
-When you make a mistake and think to yourself, "It's all over."
-Its never over. Just get your head on straight as quickly as you can and move on.
-We often get so busy climbing our ladder to success that we don't check to see if our ladder is on the
-Having no end in mind is a problem, but having an end that leads us in the wrong direction can be an even bigger problem.
Go for the Goal
- Once you have your mission in place, you want to set goals.
- Here are 5 keys to goal setting,
Key No. 1
Count the Cost
Before you make a goal, 'count the cost.' In other words, what will the goal require? Ask yourself, "Am I willing to sacrifice this?"
Key No. 2
Put it in Pen
Key No. 3
Just Do It
"A goal not written is only a wish." Writing down goals holds much more power
"Do or do not. There is no try." Don't let anything hold you back of achieving your goals.
Key No. 4
Use Momentous Moments
Certain Moments in life contain momentum and power. The key is to harness these moments for goal setting
Key No. 5
You'll accomplish a lot more if you "Rope Up" and borrow strength from others.