Stephen Covey- 7 Habits, Chapter 1, Be Pro-Active Overview

Published: 23rd February 2010
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Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny," is exactly what happens.

Who we are and the type of character we are comes from a combination of all our habits. The habits we express are the central piece of our character.

Be warned. Habits like impatience and procrastination as an example are not easily altered. It will take courage, willpower and a willingness to change.

Where better place to start than chapter1. The journey begins.

It is the first of the chapters directed towards your "personal victory".

1. Be Pro-active (Principles of Personal Vision).

If I could sum up this chapter in one sentence it would be: We are where we are today due to the decisions we have made, nobody else. The buck stops with me!

Pro-activity is a well known term but it also has a much deeper meaning

"It means more than merely taking initiative. It means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behaviour is a function of our decisions, not our conditions".

How did you react the last time somebody pinched your car park or cut you off on your way to work?. It may seem harsh but it is your reaction that will define your character.

The only thing you can control is you. You can't control the weather, the time or even the driver who may not have even seen you. How you respond is up to you.

An event cannot hurt us but our response to it certainly can. Your character and your identity that defines you does not have to hurt at all.

The social mirror, taking the initiative and listening to our language are also topics that are covered. Each is insightful and worthy of your absolute attention.

The final topic covers where we should be focusing our time and energy. This often underrated subject is all about our Circle of Concern.

The degree of your pro-activity can clearly be seen by establishing whether or not your time and energy is spent within your circle of concern or whether it is consumes by your circle of influence.

Reactive people will naturally spend their time caught up inthe Circle of Concern. The focus is on things like the weather and peoples weaknesses. Just about everything they have no control over.

This is where we see the blame game played to its fullest. It's were the victim mentality exists and it's full of negative energy that results in their Circle of influence actually shrinking.

On the other side of the coin are pro-active people. This is where time and energy is spent working and worrying about the things you actually have some control over. There's a big difference.

Finishing powerfully, Stephen explains how your integrity will be at the core of your Circle of Influence.

Our ability to make and keep commitments to ourselves and others is the essence for our growth.

The journey has started. Iv'e been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with this book and it always amazes me what pieces of information often get overlooked and the learning never stops.

Stephen Covey has provided us with what some would call the "personal development" bible.

Universally read and applauded by many, the starting chapter entitled "Be Pro-Active" is a very powerful introduction to this Stephen Covey masterpiece.

This book is personally used as my guide to where I'm going and how I intend to get there. It acts as the backbone to my business at MLM Stroke Of Fortune as we strive to develop leaders of the future. I invite you to come on over and say hello.

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