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By Marc Lopez

Magnificent Mondays

Monday, September 1, 2014


“A WHEELCHAIR for every disabled person," was Don Schoendorfer’s end in mind in 1977, after seeing a disabled woman crawl her way through a dirty street in Morocco.

He developed the most affordable wheelchair in his garage in California. Losing his job when his company went bankrupt, Don did not give up but continued to build affordable wheelchairs - almost wiping out his family’s savings.

As of today, his organization has delivered 753,000 wheelchairs for free to beneficiaries in 91 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe! See, believe, achieve!

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Last Monday we were inspired to “keep moving forward” by Walt Disney, who experienced many setbacks before his character Mickey Mouse became a world wide success! His secret? He was very clear about his “End in Mind." Like Don, he saw, believed, and achieved!

We continue to revisit the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Habit 1: Be Proactive. In any circumstance, you always have the power to choose. Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind. You can choose what you want to make of your life! See, believe, achieve!

Covey recommends creating a personal mission statement, a document that clearly spells out your end in mind. It can contain your statement of belief, your life-roles and one or more results you want to see for each one of them. Here is an example:

Mission and Identity: I am a beloved son of God, called to inspire others.

My Roles & Goals:

Husband - I am a loving husband. Expressive of my love for my wife; an empathic listener, who proudly affirms her in front of others; supports her goals and aspirations; and prays for her daily.

Father - I am a supportive Dad. I provide my children with the best education. I bring out the best in them by sincerely listening, unconditionally accepting and modeling a life of prayer, integrity, and commitment.

Relative and Friend - I am a supportive relative and friend. A good listener, fun to be with, and an encourager.
Businessman - I am a leader. I set visions for my company that tremendously bless our families and the community we serve.

With the above Mission Statement, you can be clear about your life’s end, your life’s purpose. You decide, you act, based on these beliefs.

When your son comes home to show you his failing grades, before you give him an angry lecture you can come back to your mission statement: “I am…unconditionally loving.”

When you go through a business proposal, aside from evaluating profitability, you are guided with the question: “Will this product bless our community?”

If you already have a mission statement, review it again. If not, create one today! Use the sample above as your template.

What is your “End in Mind” for 2020 ( or six years from now)? What will be your waistline on New Year's Day 2015 (4 months from now)? How do you want today to be like?

Begin today with a magnificent end in mind! See, believe, achieve!Choose to have a Magnificent Monday!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 01, 2014.

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