2. The habit of remembering the bigger vision.
It is a good habit to practice remembering your eternal identity. I heard it once described this way. Imagine that you wake up in a hospital bed one day. You’ve lost your memory and the only thing you know is what others tell you. Now imagine that someone who tells you they are your mother or father also tells you that before you lost your memory, you were a famous dancer, or a talented chef, or a firefighter. Unable to see or remember this talent, you know you were capable of it before, and so you will work toward it again. Likewise, when we came to earth, the veil caused us to forget who we were before. But we have parents, friends, Church leaders, and especially a loving Heavenly Father who can tell us who we were before (think of your patriarchal blessing) and give us an end goal.
Elder Robert C. Oaks of the Seventy said in a 2006 BYU speech, “What a sweet blessing it is to come to know—to gain a testimony by the power of the Holy Ghost—that there is a God and that He has a plan with an exalted purpose for each of His children. It is also a very powerful, personal driving factor to be able to accept that we each can have a particular role to play in this plan. You owe it to yourself to make an extra effort to discover, in every detail possible, who you really are—to discover your eternal potential in God’s plan.”
By keeping these eternal perspectives in mind, we can come closer to our Savior, focused on what is most important and better able to see others from an eternal perspective as well.
Seven Habits highlight: Habit two is “begin with the end in mind.” The action advice from it applies very well to Latter-day Saints: “One of the best ways to incorporate Habit two into your life is to develop a Personal Mission Statement. It focuses on what you want to be and do. It is your plan for success. It reaffirms who you are, puts your goals in focus, and moves your ideas into the real world. Your mission statement makes you the leader of your own life. You create your own destiny and secure the future you envision.”
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