Do you know where you’re going to?

An evocative song of Diana Ross! It is a brilliant composition and she sang this in Las Vegas in a splendid arrangement.

A part of the song goes like this: “Do you know what you’re hoping for? When you look behind you there’s no open door, What are you hoping for?” This part does quite reflective to me.

The moment I heard the song, I remembered the book that I bought in 2004. The powerful book of Stephen Covey called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.

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It is truly an influential reading! It entails lessons to personal change. And believe it or not, it did help me waged war while working in the corporate world.

 

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In the corporate world with the bosses….

 

This is actually my second opportunity to write stuff about this awe-inspiring book. The first one was during the time that I was writing out monthly newsletter for my company in the Middle East. What is then the significance of Diana Ross song? It is interrelated to Habit 2 of the 7 habits. It is in the aspect of being fully aware of your destination.

Begin with the end in mind, says Stephen Covey.

How many times this question was asked when you were a child: What do you want to be when you grow up? This is exactly the subject. How many of us knew the answer then? Indeed, we are so fortunate if we are blessed to know what is deeply important to us in our lives, and we are mindful of the right direction. But whether we accept or not, we are bound to commit mistakes and struggle. We get busy, we aim to be efficient but  to be effective is our concern.

Begin with the end in mind according to the book is based on the principle that all things are created twice. Mental, being the first creation and physical, the second creation. To bend yourself into the habit, you should develop a personal mission statement. Then again, if we do not ripen our self-awareness and become responsible mentally, it would be difficult to pursue effectiveness.

We must begin at the very center of our circle of influence to write a personal mission statement. There are four factors to follow through with alternative centers in tow. Are we self-centered? Money centered? Possession centered? Spouse centered? These, you all can learn from the book.

I suggest you buy the book which is readily available in bookshops.

Lessons are not given, they are taken. – Cesare Pavese

Ciao!

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