I once reflected on a gentleman who told me to be more selfish. I thought, "Wow, that's odd and not something you hear often." I took that simple phrase and was able to relate it to Habit number two pretty easily by being more selfish. Not dealing with selfishness, but more of investing your time in yourself. Dealing just in the present can often leaving you looking around at the end to think, how did I ever get here?
Habit 2 speaks of beginning with an end in mind. In order to really be effective, it is important to not cheat yourself and think through the whole process. Invest in yourself and start with what you are trying to eventually achieve. Then think what do I need to do to get there, with the end in mind think about the process?
What makes us human is the ability to use our imagination. We may not always understand our thoughts and imagination but we can certainly use it. Step out side yourself and if you really believe in the goals you have written down, then begin with the end in mind.
So, what do you want to be when you grow up? That question may appear a little trite, but think about it for a moment. Are you--right now--who you want to be, what you dreamed you'd be, doing what you always wanted to do? Be honest. Sometimes people find themselves achieving victories that are empty--successes that have come at the expense of things that were far more valuable to them. If your ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step you take gets you to the wrong place faster. - Stephen R. Covey's Blog