good habits
good habits

It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busyness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover that it’s leaning against the wrong wall.
-Dr. Stephen Covey

good habits
good habits

Dear Friend, if you want to become successful in life, you have no option than to form good habits. The most successful people have incorporated into their lifestyles winning habits.

They realize that what they do on a daily basis and where they direct their energy deeply matters when it comes to reaching their deepest desires and goals. The quality of your habits will determine what you accomplish in life.

There are many habits that can transform our lives and help us achieve our goals. There is one that is critical but easy to apply-“Begin with the end in mind”. I read it in Dr. Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and want to share with readers.

Basically the philosophy behind the habit, “Begin with the end in mind” is that everything is created twice, first in the mind, then in reality.” Think for a moment about a building. Before the building was constructed, there was a blueprint or building plan. At first, no one saw the building; it was in someone’s mind (mental creation) before it was built (physical creation). The same applies to every physical thing you see in this world.

“Begin with the end in mind” is a powerful habit that can transform your world. It can help you improve your life, work, relationships and everything you do.

What do you want to grow up and become? What has been your dream? Are you what you’ve always wanted to become? If you were told you have one month to live, what would you be doing before finally exiting this world?

Granted that you were dead, what tributes would you want to hear from your family, your work colleagues, your friends, your community and nation before your burial?

You need to establish a vision for your life. You need a clearly defined goal.Knowing where you are and where you want to go, is of critical importance in helping us reach our goals. If you don’t know your destination, your journey will take you where you will regret.

Knowing where you want to be in the future will empower you to take the steps you need to reach there successfully no matter what the obstacles may be. Accomplishing such a feat will not come easy. The journey will require patience, optimism, discipline, hard work, diligence, stamina, persistence, and undying enthusiasm among others.

The habit under discussion can be applied to the work place to increase productivity, sales and profits. We all have a responsibility to leave good footprints for posterity. Our cardinal principle should be to strive for the best in whatever we do. We should leave a meaningful legacy for present and future generations.

We must know that we are not in this world to live solely for ourselves but to maintain a good relationship with our neighbours and be helpful to them- blessing them as we are blessed. We should be able to influence people for good. We should live a morally clean life and be role models.

To practice this habit, form a Personal Mission Statement. This will define what you want to be, do or have in the future. It tells us your plan for success or what will make you feel fulfilled in life. My mission statement in life is this: I want to make a positive difference in the lives of people. I want my life to touch as many lives as possible through my writings.

Practicing this habit enables us to take control of our lives. It places your destiny in your own hands. It makes you the master of your life and “the captain of your own soul.”

The habit, “Begin With The End In Mind” is a powerful tool for life transformation. It is a winning habit that enables you live your best life rather than someone else’s. It promotes efficiency and discipline in one’s life. It enables one to be more focused and responsible. It prepares one for leadership.

We should all cultivate and nurture good habits. They are critical for success in life and work.
Yours in inspiration,

Source: Abundant Robert K. AWOLUGUTU
Deputy Director of Prisons/Regional Commander
Tamale Central Prisons


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