Stephen Covey, in his book ‘The 7 habits of highly effective people’ asks you to build a life with an end in mind. What would you like to be remembered for? While he stresses on acting every day, in alignment with your values, he lists down a few values that his friend Rolfe Kerr defines as his personal mission statement. These values struck a deep chord with me. I promise to revisit them every once in a while.
Succeed at home first.
Seek and merit divine help.
Never compromise with honesty.
Remember the people involved.
Hear both sides before judging.
Obtain counsel of others.
Defend those who are absent.
Be sincere yet decisive.
Develop one new proficiency a year.
Plan tomorrow’s work today.
Hustle while you wait.
Maintain a positive attitude.
Keep a sense of humor.
Be orderly in person and in work.
Do not fear mistakes – fear only absence of creative, constructive, and corrective responses to those mistakes.
Facilitate the success of subordinates.
Listen twice as much as you speak.
Concentrate all abilities and efforts on the task at hand, not worrying about the next job or promotion.
Make money your servant, not your master.
Seek financial independence over time.
Make your wants subject to your needs and means.
Seek to keep free from financial debt. Spend less then you earn and regularly save or invest for the future.
Stephen says that the most effective way to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It should focus on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values and principles upon which being and doing are based.
My values guide me in making my decisions. Without them, I’d be lost. I’d definitely like to be remembered for the hearts I am able to touch, for the lives I can inspire and for the love I am able to give. I try to align my activities to these core values. What would you like to be remembered for? Taking some time out to think through this question will help you align your actions and thoughts in sync with what you consider, important and worthy. Not mention- this area requires multiple revisits and reiterations.