December 19 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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.

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