Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Keeping the End in Mind

One of my goals for January was to read a nonfiction book. I'm one of those people who happen to love nonfiction just as much as I love a good fiction read. At work the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been sitting around and in a moment of downtime I picked it up and was hooked.

I won't give the book away because honestly I couldn't. It is so indepth that I wouldn't really know where to begin. One exercise that I believed was truly powerful was for the reader to imagine their funeral. You then picture 4 types of people getting up to say a few words. One person from your family, one friend, one person from your work, and lastly someone from the community. What words would you want these people to use to describe you?

Once you can really imagine and see yourself how you want others to see you then you can start working on being that person in those facets of life.

I started off by making a chart like the one below.

Under each category I though of five things I would want to go under each one. It really was quite difficult. After awhile this is what I finally came up with.

As you can see there is not one for Service/Community. This is one area in my life where I am currently lacking. Although this hasn't always been the case it currently is. I'm going to make this area of my life a mission. It took doing this exercise to realize how uninvolved I am in my own community. 

I'm going to print out these three pictures and put the family one in my bedroom where I can see it, the friends print in my car, and the work one at my desk. These are going to make great reminders of what I want to strive to be each day. 


  1. I have always wanted to read that book but have never forced myself to actually sit down and start it - you have convinced me to give it a try! Thanks!

  2. What an interesting exercise! I'm really uninvolved in my community too. Something I should also try to work on.

  3. Check to see if your area has a Women's Club! That's how I became active in our community. The global organization is GFWC (if you want to Google it) and then each state has a chapter and many communities do, too. For example, the state chapter here is KFWC, and I'm a member of MYWC (Maysville Younger Women's Club, because our town actually has 2 chapters). It is a great way to take a mommy break without feeling guilty, connect with other women, and get involved in community service. We raise money for our school libraries, a scholarship for women at our community college, pick up trash along the highway, promote and attend arts events, and TONS of other stuff. I've been a member for 3 years, and I love it!! Email me if you want more specific info and I can help you search for your chapter info!

  4. Very interesting exercise! I know a lot of people who have read this - I'm going to add it to my list!


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