At the beginning of this week, I had the chance to review the seven habits outlined in the famous book by Stephen R Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change”
Let’s quickly go over them, shall we?
1. BE PROACTIVE
People who are proactive are movers, shakers, and starters. Do not wait to be acted upon, make the action happen yourself.
2. BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
Visualize exactly where you wish to be and then set the appropriate goals to get to that destination.
3. FIRST THINGS FIRST
Create a plan with minimum distractions. Create a step by step plan on how you will reach your goals.
4. THINK “WIN-WIN”
Winning is important, but not at the expense of others.
5. FIRST SEEK TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD.
Work towards having empathetic listening. It’s impossible to think “win-win” until you understand what winning means to your partner. Listen with real intent.
6. CREATE SYNERGY
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
7. SHARPEN THE SAW
Eat, sleep, exercise, rejuvenate, get prepared. A private victory will always lead to a public victory. Start with bettering yourself privately.
The first! Being proactive is something I think that benefits our lives in every sense of the word. Mel Robbins, author of, “The 5 Second Rule” often can be quoted saying, “You’re never going to feel like it.”, and then she leaves her readers with a challenge, getting up an hour earlier than you normally do. It’s simple, but not easy; and therein lies the truth about being proactive. Challenge yourself to be the person who sets things in motion. You want to join a great playgroup for your kids but are having trouble finding one? Create it.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and be proactive.