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EVOC 518, Phil Fournier’s Personal Mission Statement


Since God has given me some unknown, but definitely limited time here on earth, I am resolved to pack as much into that time as possible; to do as much living as I can, though within limits of what is right and good, as set forth in the Bible.  I resolve to first understand, then to be understood, as I recognize that far too often I get those things reversed.


Mr. Covey advocates beginning with the end in mind.  While I agree that “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there” I am also content to begin things, not necessarily knowing where they will lead.  Sometimes the surprised that life can hand out can be very interesting and fun.  My quest to finish my bachelor’s degree is made with only the end in view of the degree, and the ability to teach, should I decide that is what I want to do.  In the mean time, I am resolved to enjoy the journey on the way, regardless of where it might ultimately lead. 


I am resolved to be principle-centered, as I see the weakness in the other possibilities and have seen those same weakness played out in my own life in a disappointing fashion.


I am resolved to keep my priorities in life straight; to value the goose above the golden egg; to value people more than the good they might bring to me, such as my family, my employees, my customers, my students, and my friends.


I am resolved to worry less about things outside my sphere of influence or control.


I am resolved to continue making deposits in the emotional bank accounts of those within my sphere of influence through kindness, honesty, integrity, courage, consideration, compassion, and genuine affection. 


I will look for the mutual benefit in all of my relationships, or what Covey calls “win-win”.  I need to find this in particular in regards to my love for the Latin people and my interest in traveling to Spanish speaking countries.


I am resolved to treat others as they can and should be, in particular, my children, my students and my employees.


I would like it to be said of me when I pass on, as it was said of the two brothers in Second Hand Lions “he really lived.”