Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind®

The Habit of Personal Vision

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind® is based on imagination: the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint.

If you don’t make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default. It’s about connecting again with your uniqueness, then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself.

One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 2 into your life is to develop a Personal Mission Statement. It focuses on what you want to be and do. It is your plan for success. It reaffirms who you are, puts your goals in focus, and moves your ideas into the real world. Your mission statement makes you the leader of your own life. You create your destiny and secure the future you envision.

Understand the end result

Begin With the End in Mind® means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.

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“People are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren’t getting very far. They, in essence, are pushing a rope with all of their might.”

— Dr. Stephen R. Covey

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Focus and act on what you can control and influence instead of what you can’t.

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