Build a Foundation of High-Trust Character Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind The second habit you need to build a foundation of high-trust character is:
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind Shape your future… What do you want your marriage to stand for?
Marriage Mission Statements Our Marriage Mission: To love each other…to help each other…to believe in each other…to wisely use our time, talents, and resources to bless others… to worship together forever. Our marriage is great— As equal partners, we want to love, have fun, teach, and learn. We are a great team. A Married Couple’s Motto… It is our belief that the other is never wrong. Rather than blame or accuse, we simply ask the other: “Will you help me understand?” With love and understanding, we will grow our lives together. We circle at the summit. “ No Empty Chairs” John and Jane Covey
How do you want to live, love, learn and leave a legacy together?
Build a Foundation of High-Trust Character Habit 3: Put First Things First The third habit you need to build a foundation of high-trust character is:
Your BIG ROCKS are your values—the things that are most important to you. Your LITTLE ROCKS are the things that get in the way of being true to your values—your big-rock “barriers”. Habit 3: Put First Things First
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echo is truly endless.
— MOTHER TERESA
Gives and Takes Why do marriages succeed or fail? Amazingly, we have found that it all comes down to a simple mathematical formula: no matter what style your marriage follows, you must have at least five times as many positive moments, ( GIVES) , as negative moments, (T AKES) , if your marriage is to be stable. — JOHN GOTTMAN, PH.D.