“Break with the rotten traditions, old ways of thinking and old paradigms and replace them with new creations and innovative interpretations.”
It’s a cloudy day, the skies are warm dark and gloomy, enveloped with doses of joy. I guess. The weekend is here, we are all probably at home with family or friends, either going out or just chilling or trying to catch up and rest from the intensity of our weekly activities.
We all have habits, habits can be defined as key character determinants; proactively defining what we stand for as individuals. Some of these habits are good habits, some are bad habits and some habits have little to no impact on your daily life. Often times, we are not in tune with certain habits, we tend to brush them off as unchangeable characteristics of our personalities or we may be entirely unaware that they exist. These habits may be obvious to everyone around you but if you do not sit back and examine them, you find that you have dangerous habits that develop without your full awareness.
Just like we know, some habits are related to human instinct and some are circumstantial. We can never fully determine certain principles internalized into building long lasting happiness and success in our daily lives. While trying to build great and constructive habits, we might not fully harness how best to go about it. Steve Covey points out seven habits those are not new but he has successfully unveiled these. He feels a need to undergo a paradigm shift in character and personality ethics before turning to these seven habits.
According renowned Author Steve Covey, in his book “The Seven Habits of Effective People”; Improving your personal efficiency and productivity are the strongest standpoints towards personal growth. Steve covey focuses on the personal and professional habits of an average person, practically discussing certain habits that contribute greatly towards your character.
Changing your habits can change not only the way you see the world but the way the world sees you. You can use the lessons in Covey’s book to help you:
Taking control of your life
Be proactive, Act don’t be acted upon. Always learn how to work on things within your circle of influence, instead of complaining about factors outside your circle of influence. Nothing Is pre-determined, we need to cultivate a growth mindset, not fixating on things that could possibly limit our personal growth.
Making not just better decisions but smarter, strategic ones
Lead yourself towards your goals from the beginning. Covey uses this chapter to illustrate the key importance of planning and making decisions strategically. “Response-ability” we need to be more responsible about how we choose to respond to certain situations. Also, considering certain obstacles and distractions that might pop up along the line, planning ahead allows you to anticipate them and deal with it effectively.
Put First things first
Habit is all about building your personal priority, this is also crucial because it allows you to gain new perspectives. Developing habits and priorities towards your own goal or aim is also essential for your personal growth.
Think WIN WIN
Always create a winning situation for yourself, develop methods with which you can win, harness and use those skills to translate that win into a public victory. A win/win attitude requires the abundance mentality (there is enough for everyone) as opposed to the scarcity mentality.
Seek to understand, then to be understood.
The most essential skill in any type of leadership is listening, we all seek to understand then understood. Listening requires us paying attention to other people solely to understand their point. This skill enables us to constantly develop relationships and how we tend to relate with other people.
Covey uses this key point to highlight the importance of working as team, “the whole is greater than some of its parts” This encourages us as individuals to always give positive responses and praise collective efforts of people around us. Embrace different opinions as a chance to find a third win/win alternative to synergize on, which mostly possible when your counterpart understands you and thinks on the same level.
Sharpen the Saw
This final habit encourages us to fully harness and use every vital skill we have learnt from other points, to do this you need to make sure that your mental, spiritual, physical and social self all have the time and space they need to become regular habits that slowly integrated into your character.
Translating the general overview, personal growth and our habits are two major key factors that work hand in hand and finding that perfect balance in harnessing the skills needed to boost our efficiency and productivity. Nothing ever comes easy, establishes these habits isn’t going to be easy but hard work, consistency and resilience are three crucial elements in terms of accepting growth. Learning is a never-ending evolving cycle. It never stops, Hope you have a great weekend!