Begin with the End in Mind
In ones life, the most effective way to begin with the end in mind is to develop a mission statement one that focuses what you want to be in terms of character and what you want to do in reference to contribution of achievements.
In order to write good mission statements, we must first begin at the very center of our Circle of influence, that center comprised of our most basic paradigms, the lens through which we see the world. Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.
Your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.
Some suggestions in creating a mission statement may be:
Define Your Roles
We each have many different roles in our lives: student, sibling, employee, child, and many more.
Beginning with the end in mind is all about focusing on the important activities that exist in our different roles. But which roles are most important? Each role should have goals, but make sure that you don’t have too many roles. Stephen Covey states that you shouldn’t have more than seven roles, and having only three to five is preferable. Taking the time to understand each role and determining the goals to accomplish in each area better equips you to fulfill each role effectively.
Fulfilling your role as an employee begins by asking yourself, “What is the most critical part of my role to the company?” If you’re in customer service, what activities produce long-term results for the company? If you’re an engineering intern, what activities produce the best quality, best cost, and easiest-to-produce unit designs? If you’re in manufacturing, what activities enhance your ability to do your job, and what functions of your job are critical to the company’s success?
Filter the vitally important priorities from distractions.
Each role ties into your long-term goals. Each role has weekly/daily activities that you can perform to get you closer to the long-term goals.” Determine the major roles you have in your life – this helps you to sharpen your goals.
By sorting the tasks and responsibilities into the appropriate grid you will be able to quickly identify activities that need your immediate attention. Assign a value to all of the items on your to-do list.