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In the last post I shared a fable on the story of a poor farmer, today; we’ll be looking at the habits of highly effective people. These habits when put into practice can help readjust your ideology and set you on a path towards success.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

You are not your feelings, you are not your moods, you are not even your thoughts. The very fact that you can think about these things, separates you from them and from the animal world. Proactivity means more than merely taking initiatives; it means as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. You have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen.

Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind

This means to begin today with the image, picture or paradigm of the end of your life as your frame of reference or the criterion by which everything else is examined. Each part of your life- today’s behavior, tomorrow’s behavior, next week’s behavior, next month’s behavior- can be examined in the context of the whole, of what really matters most to you.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Sincerely ask yourself these questions and answer them- what one thing could you do that if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your personal life?

What one thing in your business or professional life would bring similar results?

Whatever your answer(s) is, cultivate the habits of following them through every passing day.

Habit 4: Think Win/Win

Win/win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. It means that agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial, mutually satisfying. With a win/win solution, all parties feel good about the decision and feel committed to the action plan.

Win/win is a belief in the third alternative. It’s not your way or my way; it is a better way, a higher way.

Put these above listed habits into practice and watch yourself being transformed into that man/woman you want to be.

Culled From: The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People By Stephen R. Covey


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