Habit Of Successful Personal Statement

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A personal mission statement is based on habit 2 of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People called begin with the end in mind. In ones life, the most effective way to begin with the end in mind is to develop a mission statement one that focuses what you want to be in terms of character and what you want to do in reference to contribution of achievements. Writing a mission statement can be the most important activity an individual can take to truly lead ones life.
Victor Hugo once said there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has finally come, you may call it a credo, a philosophy, you may call it a purpose statement, it's not as important as to what you call it, no it's how you define your definition. That mission and vision statement is more powerful more significant, more influential, than the baggage of the past, or even the accumulated noise of the present.

What is a mission statement you ask? personal mission statements based on correct principles are like a personal constitution, the basis for making major, life-directing decisions, the basis for making daily decisions in the midst of the circumstances and emotions that affect our lives.

When we create a mission statement of our own and choose to live by it we can flow with changes. We don't need prejudgement's or prejudices. We don't need to figure out everything else in life, to stereotype and categorize everything and everybody in order to accommodate reality.

In order to write good mission statements, we must first begin at the very center of our Circle of influence, that center comprised of our most basic paradigms, the lens through which we see the world. Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.

As we go deeply within ourselves, as we understand and realign our basic paradigms to bring them harmony with correct principles, we create both an effective, empowering center and a clear lens through which we can see the world. We can then focus that lens on how we, as unique individuals, relate to that world.

Creating a mission statement is not something you do overnight. It takes deep introspection, careful analysis, thoughtful expression, and often many rewrites to produce it in final form. It may take you several weeks or even months before you feel really comfortable with your mission statement, before you feel it is complete and concise expression of your innermost values and directions. Even then, you will want to review it regularly and make minor changes as the years bring additional insights or changing circumstances.

Your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.

Some suggestions in creating a mission statement may be:
  1. Write down your roles as you now see them. Are you satisfied with the mirror image of your life?
  2. Start a collection of notes, quotes, and ideas you may want to use as resource material in writing your personal mission statement.
  3. Identify a project you will be facing in the near future and apply the principle of mental creation. Write down the results you desire and what steps will lead you to those results.
The Covey Community provides the opportunity to learn more about mission statements through video, audio, self-discovery applications and a multimedia mission statement builder. This multimedia mission statement builder allows you to upload pictures, music, and words to better convey and emotionally connect with your mission. To join for free, click here. You will also be able to share your mission statement and view others within the community.

The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed.
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Getting accepted to college is an achievement in itself, but a degree doesn’t automatically equal success in the long run.

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According to data from the federal government ,the overall four-year graduation rate for 2012 was 31% for public colleges and 52% for private colleges, so students should take note they need to establish good habits to stay on track and keep debt to a minimum.

“Going to college is not the same as being successful in college and completing a college degree – it’s very important that students who ‘get in’ and ‘go’ have a very good idea from the start of what will be expected of them and what steps they will need to take to persist and complete,” says Lori Grandstaff, vice president of product management and operations at WiseChoice.

Here are six expert tips that rising freshmen and current college students can institute now to be successful throughout their college experience.

Tip 1: Know and use on-campus resources

Colleges offer extensive resources to help students succeed at academics, extracurricular activities and career growth.

By the end of their first semester, students should be familiar with three key campus places: the library, the academic support center, and the career services center.

“Find out what sort of resources are available and what kind of support is provided by real people,” says Sally Rubenstone, senior advisor at College Confidential.

“Reference librarians, writing counselors, and career advisors can be key players when it comes to turning a so-so college experience into a successful one.”

Tip 2: Create a system to establish priorities

Students accustomed to their structured high school experience may struggle to balance college’s new-found independence to juggle classes, study time and extracurricular activities.

Grandstaff suggest students—especially freshmen—set priorities and stick to a schedule to manage their workload, schedule and reduce stress.

“Talking about these competing roles and planning where to spend time/effort is important for college students, and the sooner these conversations [with parents, faculty advisors, peers, etc.]take place, the better equipped students will be for succeeding in all areas of their lives.”

Tip 3: Don’t just show up to class--get involved

Large lecture halls can be intimidating, but experts say students get a better grasp on the material and can potentially increase their GPA if they are actively engaged rather than just going through the motions.

Rubenstone recommends sitting at the front of the room or close to the professor to feel more present and to participate in discussions when possible.

“Don’t dominate discussions or speak out when you have nothing to add just because you think it will help your grade…but you’re more likely to feel engaged when you actually are engaged.”

Tip 4: Foster relationships with professors and TAs

A common misperception about college faculty members is that they don’t want to be bothered by students, but most professors encourage interaction outside of class, says Dr. Christopher Duncan, Wittenberg University Provost and Professor of Political Science

“A close mentoring relationship with a few select faculty members is one of the most important parts of a good college education,” he says.

Demonstrating dedication and persistence to professors and teaching assistants (TAs) can also help students excel in a particular course they’re struggling with, says Jeff Livingston, senior vice president of McGraw Hill’s College and Career Readiness Center.

“It is very important to do things like signing up for office hours with a professor, making sure that you have a relationship with your TA where if you have to call them with an emergency, the TA knows who you are.”

Tip 5: Build a portfolio

Students should pick classes and activities that will advance their knowledge and experience toward their career path that they can use on a resume or during an interview, suggests Tamryn Hennessy, Rasmussen College's National Director of Career Services.

“Save great pieces of your coursework or great project work that you might save as PDF to show how you work in team [or] an extensive research paper that shows your ability to think and write,” she says.

“These are pieces you could offer to future employer evidence of your soft skills--this is so important, as employers know they can’t train this.”

Tip 6: Look ahead now

Students who delay thinking about the future until they have their diploma in hand may regret lack of foresight during their time in school.

To avoid getting stuck in a post-graduation rut or becoming unemployed, Livingston suggests that students check in with their goals every few months to make sure they are still on track by asking themselves questions: where they will be living, where they will be working, and how they will support themselves three years after graduation.

“You’d be amazed at how often that internal conversation actually helps--if you force yourself to say I’m going to complete this statement, it forces you to begin to imagine what that future is and subconsciously starts to help you [achieve that].”



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