Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
‘Strategies for Lifelong Learning’ has been unexpectedly and therapeutically revealing. Throughout our correspondence we’ve shared personal, and professional challenges, and wins. In doing so, I’ve come to realize strengths and areas for improvement, which is why I chose to discuss the second habit from the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, titled; ‘Begin With the End in Mind’.
Beginning with the end in mind is my area of attention for improvement. I’ve known the importance of visualizing your destination, however, having endured a lifetime of disappointments, broken promises, and letdowns, developed an unusual defense mechanism. I created a superstition that if I state, write, envision or claim the end result before possession, I will instead jinx it out of existence. Silly as it sounds (as I write this – the absurdity is revealed), it’s an unwanted challenge that I constantly wrestle. For example, my personal goal is to complete my bachelor’s degree, so I’ve charted a course to claim my prize. Until recently however, I purposely did not envision the end result (e.g., degree in hand, graduation celebration, etc.) to avoid the discouragements that would deny my desired prize.
Further elaborating this example, a senior leader criticized the merit of this course and the General Studies degree. The argument was that it had little value to the department. The remarks bruised my excitement and motivation adding to the disappointed of not completing my architectural engineering degree in my youth. To meet my employer’s concern, I decided to create a win-win by transferring to a better-suited degree meeting both our needs. I contacted my Drexel advisor, however, I was quickly disappointed to learn that my career in construction management barely qualified me as a sophomore. This meant I had to forfeit more than half my credits. Keeping my eyes on the prize is now challenged and a reminder of my superstition of jinxing the outcome by envisioning the end. However, to exercise Stephen Covey’s second habit, I reflected on our unit-5 assignment that highlighted Prof Kitao’s, The...