Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind
(Have a Plan)
Principles and Concepts:
- Mental and physical creations
- Long-term goals
- Class and school mission statements
- Vision, commitment, and purpose
- Common: I can't predict how my life will turn out, so I just go with the flow.
- Highly Effective: Clearly defining my vision and purpose in life will make all the difference.
- Define outcomes before you act.
- Create and live by a Personal Mission Statement.
A GOOD MISSION STATEMENT:
- Is based on principles of effectiveness.
- Clarifies what is most important to you.
- Provides direction and purpose.
- Addresses the most important aspects of your life.
- Represents the best in you.
Results (I have a clear vision of where I want to go and who I want to be.)
Some results I might expect from living Habit 2 at a higher level are:
- A clear definition of desired results.
- A greater sense of meaning and purpose.
- Criteria for deciding what is or is not important.
- Improved outcomes.
Books that reinforce Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind
- The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
- Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
- Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
- Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
- Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams
- Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus? by Jean Fritz
- Lucy Mastermind by Alan Feldman
- Eddie, Incorporated by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Bobby Baseball by Robert Kimmel Smith
- The School Story by Andrew Clements