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Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind ~ Have a Plan! It is important to write down your goals. “A goal not written is only a wish.”               

Student example: If your goal is to get better at multiplication facts, you should make a plan to study a certain number of facts each night. Then, mark each time you practice until you have mastered all the facts. Planning ahead always leads to good things.


Begin With the End in Mind is to think about how you would like something to turn out before you get started. It means to develop a clear picture of where you want to go with your life, deciding what your values are and setting goals.


For young children, a good example of beginning with the end in mind is a jigsaw puzzle. Before doing a puzzle, they look at the cover of the box; they begin with the end in mind. At school, Habit 2 is taught in this child-friendly manner: 'I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.' 


A family mission statement is a great way to begin with the end in mind. For more information on creating your own, click HERE.


Reinforce Habit 2 at home with discussions that focus on setting daily and/or weekly goals, about what your child wants to be when they grow up or who inspires them. Click HERE for family activities!


The following book was chosen to illustrate Habit 2. Common and easily accessible at most libraries and
bookstores, this book is a fun and interesting way for children to connect to the timeless principles. You will
begin to see examples in other children's literature and soon your child will too!


The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Throughout the story, the determined spider spins her web. She has an end in mind - to finish her web and catch a fly for dinner.