This week starts with us continuing to dive deep into Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Last week we covered our personal mission statements, today we discuss some strategies of how to write and use them. There is some science in this one! Check out the website for more content


One of the great anecdotes from the book is that people do not invent their mission or calling in life, rather they detect it. Through our upbringing and personal experiences we find what is truly important to us and what we want to achieve and be known for. Every single person on this planet is unique. Not a single person is living a duplicate life of another. Our thoughts, our actions, our experiences are all our own. No one has lived our exact life prior and no one will live our exact same life in the future. With that in mind, why would any of us want to live a reactive life where we let the outside world and other people control us? Being proactive allows us to be in control of our very unique and special experience.

In habit 1 we discussed being responsible for your actions and thoughts. Being Proactive. In habit 2 we discussed the 2 creations – first the mental. creation and then the physical creation. The habits tie together in our personal mission statements. By being proactive we remember that we are in control, we are the programmer. In habit 2 now it is time to write the program. A mission statement is very personal, and is not something you should expect to complete quickly. If done seriously, it is something will require a lot of inner thought and contemplation about who you really are and what you really want out of life. It could take weeks, even months to complete. Even then, it something that you likely go back to time and again as the years go to be to make changes and reflect upon.

One of the tips for writing you personal mission statement is to use your whole brain. Our brains are basically split into what they call the left and right brain. Our left brain is the more logical, verbal, analytical brain. Our right brain is the more creative, imaginative brain. Our society is a primarily left brain world. We focus on data, efficiency, how-to’s, etc. While all people use both the left and right sides of their brain, everyone tends to have a more dominant side. Using our right side is extremely important for writing our personal mission statement and beginning with the end in mind. Through visualization we can see where we want to go. Experience it. Feel it. Then our left side can actually write out the road map for us.

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