Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind  (Have a Plan)

  •  Principles and Concepts:

    • Mental and physical creations
    • Roles
    • 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.


    Mental (first creation) to Physical (second creation)



    • Define outcomes before you act.
    • Create and live by a Personal 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

    Lower Elementary

    • 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


    Upper Elementary

    • 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