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Chief's Corner - week of Sept. 25

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Habit No. 2 - Begin with the end in mind

My last installment of Chief's corner covered the first "Habit of Highly Effective People."  Hopefully, a few of you reflected on the first habit, Be proactive, and made an effort to be positive, think positive and speak positive.  Those three thoughts alone can help an individual be more effective.  Even though we don't read a book from back to front, habit two wants you to forward think and have a plan with the end in mind. 

Habit No. 2 - Begin with the end in mind

Covey says this habit is based on imagination and on the principle that all things are created twice.  First, one must create mentally what they want to achieve and secondly, the physical creation of whatever it was that you imagined.   One of the best examples I can think of is I recently had the pleasure of eating lunch with a Holocaust survivor and his daughters.  His daughter shared a story of her father moving to Colorado Springs and one of his dreams was to live in the Broadmoor area.  Despite being held in several different camps by the Nazis for six years, being told what to do and when to do it, arriving in Colorado Springs with no money and no job, he had a vision of what he wanted to do and be in life.  Despite all those odds working against him, he carried out his vision and became a very successful businessman and ultimately ended up living in the Broadmoor area.

Covey believes one of the best ways to incorporate Habit No. 2 into your life is to create your own mission statement.  Much like your unit and wing mission statements, your mission statement allows you to have a written reminder of who you are and where you want to be in life.  Ultimately, your own mission makes you the leader of your life.  Most of us know where we want to be in life but even if you do, take a moment to reflect and write it down. Now get after it.
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