Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind
What it means
• To begin with the end in mind is to begin with the image of the end of your life ( business ) as the frame of reference by which everything else is measured.
• We may be busy, we may be efficient, but we will only be effective if we begin with the end in mind.
All Things are Created Twice
• Habit 2 is based on the principle that all things are created twice:
o A mental or first creation
o A physical or second creation
• Most endeavours that fail, fail with the first creation.
By Design or Default
There is a first creation to every part of our lives. We are either the second creation of our own proactive creation, or are we the second creation of other people’s agendas, of circumstances, or of past habits.
Leadership and Management
• Habit 2 is based on principles of personal leadership, which means that leadership is the first creation. Management is the second creation.
• Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things.
• Often people get into managing with efficiency, setting and achieving goals before they have even clarified values.
Rescripting: Becoming Your Own First Creator
Proactivity is based on the endowment of self-awareness. Two additional endowments enable us to expand our proactivity and to exercise personal leadership in our lives:
• Imagination allows us to visualise our potential
• Conscience allows us to develop our talents within the context of principles and personal guidelines.
A Personal Mission Statement
• The most effective way to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement.
• The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about, and what you value.
• Once you have a sense of mission, you have the essence of your own proactivity; the vision and values which direct your life, the basic direction from which you set your goals.
At the Centre
• Whatever is at the centre of your life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.
• What is at the centre of your life?
• Spouse centredness
• Family centredness
• Money centredness
• Work centredness
• Possession centredness
• Pleasure centredness
• Friend/enemy centredness
• Church centredness
• Self centredness
A Principle Centre
• Our lives need to be centred on correct principles – deep, fundamentals truths, classic truths, generic common denominators.
• As a principle centred person, you try and stand apart from the emotions of situations and from other factors to evaluate options.
THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
( Stephen R Covey )