The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Response to question no. 1
Describe what Covey means by “beginning with the end in mind.” Give an example from a current issue in your life in which this habit would be useful
In the book “The 7 habits of highly effective people” Covey has mentioned several habits that transform a person into being successful in life. The 2nd habit that Covey refers to in the book talk about visualizing the end result of an action and working on it relentlessly to achieve the goal. The author states that once the end is visualized, the value of time is realized easily. A proper planning can also be done once the end can be imagined. This is in fact the reverse process of achieving goals. The author says that if one is able to visual the final day of One’s life, one will understand the real aim of an individual’s life. Death being the ultimate destination of all, it is death alone that defines the value of our lives. It is only after death that people around us define us in the closest similarity. The necessity to visualize death will allow us to identify our real values that we want to add as a person. By visualizing the end we understand that we have limited time to add values to life and removes confusion from within. This enables an individual to be more focused and effective in delivering and thereby adding value to our lives (Covey, 2016).
By inculcating this habit in my life, I would be able to create effective results in achieving my dreams. I would like to inspire people around me through my life achievements and visualizing the end would instigate me to follow my passion, rather than restricting myself for the social stigma. This habit will allow me to see the greater truth and motivate me to follow my passion.
Response to question no. 1
“What one activity could you do (that you aren’t doing now) that if you did on a regular basis (and did it superbly well) would have significant positive results in your personal life?”
The effectiveness in managing oneself brings the best in an individual. The habit of prioritizing the necessities and acting upon them eliminates the matters that have the least concern yet restrict in achieving the goals. Putting the right things that matter on top of our priority list ensures easy achievement of our goals by getting rid of the unnecessary attachments that bind us back.
An activity that I could do in my personal life is maintaining a healthy life with regular fitness schedule. I could swim for 45 minutes daily and could easily manage time for the same. This would release my stress levels and allow me to be healthy and fit would enhance my productivity in my personal life. This activity is a priority, since health is the actual wealth and has the highest priority in our lives. This is a top priority and putting it first would enable me to perform in my circle of interest. This would change my overall reaction to life and other stresses (Covey, 2014).
Covey, S. (2016). Habit 2. Begin with the end in mind. Retrieved, 12.
Covey, S. R. (2014). The 7 habits of highly effective families. St. Martin's Press.