“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Goethe
I did not think of this book as a parenting guide, but it has worked out that way for me. I pulled this book off of the shelf in order to think about something other than the challenges of parenting, but it turned out to be a big help and was kinda exactly what I needed at the time. I always thought of this book as a successful business person’s book, but it is more about making personal change in any area of your life.
Briefly, here is a breakdown of the 7 Habits:
Habit 1: Be proactive and focus on the things that are in your power to change.
Habit 2: See it and believe it. Everything is created twice: once in the mind and second in the physical world.
Habit 3: This is is the physical manifestation of what you created in Habit 2.
Habit 4: Win-win means that there is enough for everyone. We are not in direct competition for every resource, there are no winners and, therefore, no losers.
Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Habit 6: Value the differences between yourself and other people, it creates synergy when inventing new approaches to life issues.
Habit 7: Take care of you and make sure to renew yourself in these four areas of life: Physical; Social / Emotional; Mental; Spiritual.