Begin with the end in mind: Top 8 resources (7 habits of highly effective people)

Following up with our last week’s blog on Be proactive: the best resources we found online, we have enlisted a list of wonderful resources which can help you develop the second habit: Begin with an end in mind.

In the book, we see Stephen Covey starting the chapter by inviting us to visualise attending our own funeral and understand what we want our family, friends and colleagues to say about us. However, after visualizing this you might feel what is the need for us to do this and what will happen if we wont?

Understanding what the habit is about

Wayne W. Dyer is often quoted for this:

Begin with the end in mind. Start with end outcome and work backwards to make your dream possible

Stephen Covey himself has explained this need as a process to validate if the steps taken by us are in the right direction and as per our ultimate objective.

There is no point driving a fast car if you are heading to the wrong direction.

You can see him talk about the habit in the following two videos:

Part A: The mental creation

Part B: Creating a life center

Another video which defines the purpose of this habit is Start With The End in Mind by Isaiah Hankel, author of The Emotionally Intelligent Leader. Watch him explained the need and impact of this habit:

Finding your life purpose

However, this habit also creates a need to draft a vision and mission for oneself as we all work hard for objectives like promotions, higher income and more recognition but never understand if these things really matter.
To draft a vision for oneself/family/team check out these interesting takes on how to start with in a flash.

  • How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes: It is one of the most watched TEDx videos. A 10-minute video by Adam Leipzig, CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, an American film and theatre producer, film executive and author. He has explained his idea in 5 questions. So, if you are in hurry then this is your easy solution.

  • How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes: This is one of the most read article by people who are looking to know what they should achieve in their life and how to figure it out. It is written by Steve Pavlina, an American self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur.

Softwares that can support the habits

  1. Once, you are ready with the purpose of your life or project, pen down the exact mission statement using a simple tool, Mission Statement Builder. List down the values which have significance in your life and then use the tool to write down the mission of your life for various roles you undertake each day.
    Mission Statement Builder
  2. Another tool that can help you think at a high level is a mind map tool like MindMaple.
  3. You now have a well defined personal, moral and ethical guidelines which represents you and makes you happy. You can use WEEK PLAN to ensure you execute on your vision.

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Getting First Things Done
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How to manage your time so that you make real progress towards what really matters.