Sharpen the Saw – Play

chat about the importance of good leisure activities that help you refresh and reconnect.

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Mission Statements

I was thinking about what to write about next and I thought, “oh maybe I haven’t written about mission statements”.  After making a quick search of my posts, I realized that I had not posted about them. Mission Statements are basically the goal or vision for your life. Stephen Covey called this Habit 2, “Begin with the End in Mind“.  Many years ago, I wrote and rewrote my personal mission statement until I felt it stated what I wanted to be … it is:

“My mission is to become like Jesus Christ by an increased study of the Standard Works and by applying the principles therein, and by regular Temple attendance.

It is also to create and maintain a beautiful and meaningful relationship with my Wife and Children and to build this relationship with my Parents, Brothers, Sisters, and Extended Family. I will do this by understanding them and by teaching them about our Saviour, Jesus Christ and His gospel.

I will also increase in secular Knowledge by the Study of Languages, Great Literature, Music, Science, Nature, and History; by attending college and taking additional classes and lectures.”

While the first 2 paragraphs are my spiritual and personal life, the last deals with my world or secular knowledge growth. Something that you see is that my first priority are my relationship with my God. Second, is my family relationships. Third, is knowledge and skills.

While I don’t have statements like: “I will be loved by my family and community” or that “I will be honored by my lodge (men’s group) for all my service hours”.  I felt that if I lived a good life and a life that provided value to others, it would be enough of a ‘legacy’ that I would be proud of any accomplishments that come out of my life. Personally, I believe that whatever accomplishments come from a good life are a reflection of my Lord and God.

Now, you may not be a christian … however, from what I have learned about other faiths, many of them have a belief in doing good and sharing it with the world. for example, karma is a Buddhist and Hinduism which basically states that for every action there is a reciprocating future benefit or punishment. Even though this is not a direct christian principle, I have seen it in practice, and I believe that it a true principle.

If you want help with a mission statement, FranklinCovey has a tool. I haven’t used it, I had the book.

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Monson, Destiny

Decisions determine destiny.” – Thomas S. Monson

As you can see in reading my blog, that I believe that a person builds his character over time. I also like alliteration. Well, I do. The truth is that our actions determine who we are; like I tell me boys bad choices lead to jail and good choices don’t. Truly, it isn’t so black and white, and neither is character. Many of the classics have protagonists that cause their own problems. Hamlet comes to mind … Aesop’s Fables, Hans Christian Anderson, Mark Twain, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, and C. S. Lewis also come to mind.

Only the person looking back at you in the mirror can determine what she wants to be like. Stephen R. Covey calls it, “Begin with the End in Mind“. As a christian my goal is to become like Jesus Christ as He teaches in the New Testament and Book of Mormon. While some may find this daunting; please remember that this is a life long pursuit. A marathon, not a sprint.

As I look back over my short life, I can see the small changes that have made over time. They have helped make me the man I am today, not perfect … a work in progress.

Your “decisions determine” your “destiny”. What will that be?

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MacKay, Hear

Many people may listen, but few people actually hear.” – Harvey MacKay

As a kid, I would listen to my parents tell me I have one mouth and two ears so that I could listen twice as much as a I talked. It took me a long time to understand the difference between listening and hearing what people are saying. It has taken me even longer to put it into practice. The ability to hear what people are saying makes a big difference to understanding what they are saying. Obvious and Subtle cues to a persons meaning can only be seen when we are focused on the other person. Not when we are thinking about what we are going to say next or staring out the window. Stephen Covey teaches about “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood”. This is Habit 5 in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People … a very good read. He relates a story about 2 scientists trying to get funding for a project as they presented their material they noticed that the board was waffling. They stopped and asked questions and then addressed the concerns. Once they understood the boards concerns and addressed them they received their funding.

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