Habit 1: Be Proactive
“Habit 1 is the key to unlocking all the other habits and that’s why it comes first. It says, “I am the captain of my life. I can choose my attitude. I’m responsible for my own happiness or unhappiness. I am in the driver’s seat of my destiny, not just a passenger.”
Make a change in the world, and do your job to live life. If you have a job, it is your job to work hard. As a student, your job is to learn. As a living creature, your job is to live. We need to do what is set for us, to complete the plan. To live fully, one must experience life in its entirety. Be productive, and stay positive to move forward.
Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind
“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” (Jack Welch)
When reflecting on life realize goals and have set ends for them. For example losing weight, set a goal weight you wish to achieve as a end, so you know where you are heading. Life is a series of goals, victories, and persistency. Goals are motivation to move you forward in the world, and with goals you accomplish more. Right now, my cousin and I are exercise buddies. She really wanted to live a healthier life, and doesnt want to do it alone so together we are helping each other and our families become healthier from food choices to daily exercise. Yesterday for example, her dad, her, and me went for a brisk walk and then a jog around a park. Both of our households are focusing on having a healthy diet, so we are constantly finding new recipes for dinner and lunch. Our goal is to help our family become more healthy. This goal will help the members of our family with their own health and can help us all live health lifestyles in the future. The end, is never something we must dread but a goal we look forward to. Another view to this habit could be life. Life as we know it can end. So as mortals, we need to live our days to the most capacity of our potential, or at least live it happily. For me, I actually have a goal for each day. My goal each day is to be happy at least once throughout the day, and to make someon else happy. This way i feel accomplished and as if i brought some good to the world. Being successful requires looking to the future. So next time remember the future is the future and you can change it, the past is past and a memory. Focus on tomorrow, and today will only be yesterday.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
“Organize and execute around priorities.”
Priorities are first, and what matters should be accomplished and focused on. For a student school is first, for a parent their children come first, and likewise in other life scenarios. I currently have my homework to maintain and colleges to plan for. Focusing my time on my work has honestly allowed me to be more time conserving and honestly has helped me learn more. I honestly can say that managing priorities helps a person stay organized and relieves the headaches of stress.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
“Think win-win or no deal.”
Think about the benefits and positive sides to every scenario and case. Their is always a good factor to acknowledge. In rough times, and bad times one must always see the good in the moment. I remember when we lost our Uncle to cancer a few years ago, all we could think about is how he is at rest now, and at peace in heaven. It was nice to imagine that he no longer had the harsh medicine and the needles, and that is how we viewed the passing. Also only doing good , and you recieving good, which in total is also win win. If you volunteer for giving food for the people in need, you give good, help and feel good. So partaking in such actions also help people be successful and accomplish things in life.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand then to be Understood
“Diagnose before you prescribe.”
Listen to others, and you yourself can be heard. No one is able to understand someone who doesn’t understand others. People can sympathize with thoughts if you are willing to hear them out. For example in a debate, the person who wins, wins for two reasons. One, their argument was valid, and two the opposing argument was carefully examined, understood, and counter argued. Hearing helps. In many careers, you must be skilled at hearing and understanding. A simple job, for example a barista in a coffee shop, they must hear orders, and carefully understand the recipe to be able to make the beverage and give it to the customer. Teachers listen to questions of students, and students hear the wisdom from their teachers.
Habit 6: Synergize
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts (1+1=3)
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts: 1+1=3”
Four Dimensions of Self-Renewal: Physical, Mental
” Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. “
Collaborating together with others is a form of synergizing. This can mean brainstorming ideas together and working together to solve or renew ideas. It is highly effective to work positively because you can complete tasks more quickly and this is effective when finishing work in your job, or for school such as projects. Cooperation also deals with positivity and being open minded to other’s opinions, and thoughts on something.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Four Dimensions of Self-Renewal: Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Social/Emotional
Sharpen the saw, is a metaphor for renewing something. For example, relearning something you know to add more knowledge, or doing something that can further your knowledge. Redo what you have done, and do what you have not. If you trained to get a 7 minute mile score, train for a 6 minute mile. Sharpening the saw can be just that, sharpening your tools. Sharpen your mind and expand its knowledge. Revive your heart by opening it up. Renew you way of thinking, by being open minded.
These habits are essential, to be successful in what you plan and to complete goals. This post is truly about how to work life, and get things done. Being productive means prioritizing, and working constantly. The mindset of success has been to be positive and
goal oriented. Life is a series of goals, victories, and persistency. To live fully, one must experience life in its entirety. So as mortals, we need to live our days to the most capacity of our potential, or at least live it happily. In rough times, and bad times one must always see the good in the moment. It is highly effective to work positively because you can complete tasks more quickly and this is effective when finishing work in your job, or for school such as projects. Listen to others, and you yourself can be heard. Being an effective person means being hardworking, and meaningful and useful to others. This means being open minded, open hearted, and open handed, listening, caring, and helping.