Revisiting Successful Habits
The Power of Habits to become effective
In 1989 Steven Covey altered the self-help landscape with Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Twenty-five years later his model remains synonymous with wellness. Let’s revisit these principles and how they work in the Information Age.
Habit 1: Be Proactive.
Always move towards those goals you deem most important. Management gurus tell us to adopt an assertive stance. They’re right, but they don’t go far enough. This is an age of a thousand distractions. You must leverage technology to retain your productivity. The Goal Interceptor App can help. Monitoring the mind/body/spirit connection will make you more adaptable.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.
Goal planning is like riding a bicycle. Nobody is born knowing the art, and one-hundred percent experience some bruising. Practice and self-feedback are the best ways to improve goal planning. You might miss big details initially, but visualize your goals and keep working. As you learn about yourself, improvement follows. You can’t get any place you don’t believe exists. What does your future success story look like?
Habit 3: Put First Things First.
Ideally we would have options in every situation. The more choices you allow yourself, the better the odds of finding that magic bullet. When you allow urgency to dictate your priorities your range of choices narrows. Suddenly you’re between two uncomfortable alternatives. Be proactive in your goal planning. If you set and execute a plan on your own terms you’ll like the process a lot more. What’s a nuisance today will be a nightmare tomorrow. Make you use Goal Interceptor to separate wants and needs. If you can’t do everything, what’s one compromise you can afford?
Habit 4: Think Win-Win.
Optimal technological use lets us squeeze a ton of out of our 168 hours. The myth you can only do so much belongs to the 20th century. We can multi-task, crowd source, and telecommute. Build excellent partnerships based on your goals. Why not let our systems planning tool guide your networking efforts? Once you have your goal template wouldn’t it be good to put out there to social media or LinkedIn?
If you see a locked door you can bash it down on your own or ask another for the key. Be flexible and open in your relationships. With a long-range plan you can tolerate more risks and setbacks.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Not only do good partners share common goals but they share common traits. Who will you need to execute your plan, and what can you infer from their public information? Some biodata screams “team player”. Pay attention to soft as well as hard skills. Incorporate this information into your long-range plan. Interviews and placement screenings aren’t about trial and error anymore.
Habit 6: Synergize
We are more than the sum of our parts. We specialize for ourselves but also for our team. Think of the following example:
You’re on a desert island with another stranger. A bit of a loafer, he doesn’t seem to do much very well. All there is to eat are turtle eggs and coconuts. He can get one coconut per hour or find two turtle eggs. You can find three coconuts or four turtle eggs. Your pride might tell you not to trade with him, but any decent economist would tell you it’s the only way to go.
In ten hours work you can find 30 coconuts or 40 turtle eggs by yourself. However, you’re worse at finding coconuts than you are at turtle eggs so, with your time split you get 15 coconuts and 20 turtle eggs. Notice how output grows if you just focus on coconuts and let him go to his specialty, agreeing to trade later? That’s what synergy is all about, everybody offering something of value. You’re not on a desert island so each day you encounter opportunities to add value.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Get yourself ready for the next day. Each week, month, and year should be rejuvenating – a spring cleaning for your mind/body/soul. Use the App to make your workweek sustainable. When you’re lacking in one facet you can’t start a new workweek raring to go. Don’t go from 98% this week to 97% the next. Prevent your next burnout by keeping track of what you’re missing. Integrate the missing facets into your routines. My day is kaput when I don’t start it with a good meal. Monday is torture when I miss Sunday services. Know what you need – quirks, tics, and all - and go get it so you can be your most effective person.