Summary of “The 7 Habits: Begin With the End in Mind”

Because it distills what you ultimately value in life – or at least what you want to value – and what you hope it all adds up to in the end.
When we know how we want people to talk about us at the end of our life, we can start taking action now to make that scenario a reality later.
Those goals aren’t “Bad,” but you’ve probably adopted them mindlessly, and you’ll end up pursuing them merely as things to knock off on a checklist, without thought as to whether they’re what you want, and what difference they’ll make in your character – in who you want to be.
All his life Tolstoy, like Ilyich, strived for status, money, and security – résumé virtues – but it was only when he faced the specter of his death that he realized his great existential mistake.
You have to replace what you’ve been told to center your life on with timeless and unchanging principles and virtues that you want to embody.
Thinking about your general values can be a little abstract; they’re easier to grasp if you think about how you want them to influence the specific actions and spheres of your life.
Write out what values you want to embody in that role and what you want the people you affect in that role to say about you when you’re dead. Be as idealistic as you want.
Just as lawmakers and judges turn to the U.S. Constitution first when making decisions, you should turn to your personal constitution before you make big decisions in your life.

The orginal article.