May 29, 2018

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

Sean Covey’s Habit 2 – The 7 Habits of Happy Kids is to begin with the end in mind.

The story is about “Goob” who wants to buy 4 things, so he makes a list of Goob’s Goals. His friend Jumper joins him to help make money. When they get money each of them spends it differently.

“A goal not written is only a wish.”


Sean Covey suggests thinking of the following questions when thinking of your goal, life mission and purpose:

  1. Think of a person who made a positive difference in your life. What qualities does that person have that you would like to develop?
  2. Imagine 20 years from now – you are surrounded by the most important people in your life. Who are they and what are you doing?
  3. If a steal beam (6cm wide) were placed across two skyscrapers. For what would you be willing to cross? A thousand dollars? A million? Your pet? Your sibling? Fame? Think carefully!
  4. If you could spend one day in a great library studying anything you wanted, what would you study?
  5. List 10 things you love to do. It’s could be singing, dancing, looking at magazines, drawing, reading, daydreaming … anything you absolutely love to do!


  1. Lay out your clothes for tomorrow before you go to bed tonight.
  2. Get out a pencil and a piece of paper and write down 3 goals you want to do. Put the paper in a safe place where you can see it.
  3. Tell your mom or dad what you want to be when you grow up and why.
  4. We all have something we need to get better at, like doing our homework, brushing our teeth at night, or obeying our parents. Pick one thing you need to do better. Start doing it.
  5. In small groups, ask kids to discuss how planning ahead – whether it be with money, in school or in life – always leads to good things, including being better positioned to help others, like Goob helping Jumper.