Notes from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Habits, Maturity & Action

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is much like a dictionary of success. I always go back to read it, just to remind myself of what it takes to be successful. The following points came alive to me as I was reading today.

Developing good habits. "Knowledge is the theoretical paradigm, the what to do and the why. Skill is the how to do. And desire is the motivation, the want to do. In order to make something a habit in our lives, we have to have all three."

Maturity. Being emotionally mature is very important as you build your business. It helps us hold on to the reigns and stay focused on important things. Normally, the growth and development we experience is much like the natural cycle of life; from dependence, to independence to interdependence. "On the maturity continum, dependence is the paradigm of youyou take care of me; you come through for me; you didn't come through; I blame you for the results. Independence is the paradigm of II can do it; I am responsible; I am self-reliant; I can choose. Interdependence is the paradigm of wewe can do it; we can cooperate; we can combine our talents and abilities and create something greater together."

Action! Take the initiative. "Our basic nature is to act, and not be acted upon. As well as enabling us to choose our response to particular circumstances, taking initiative empowers us to create circumstances. It doesn't mean being pushy, obnoxious, or aggressive. It does mean recognizing our responsibility to make things happen." The ability to act is a key strength of leaders … they don't only plan think and plan; they DO.

Let's challenge ourselves to new levels.


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