The desire for change and growth seems to be hardwired in each of us. It’s part of the human condition. We can’t remain stagnant without feeling stuck. That’s why Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People are so valuable.
Whatever your situation may be, you have the power to make it better by implementing The 7 Habits in your daily life. Practicing The 7 Habits will strengthen your stamina in terms of your relationships, your mental health, your emotional wellbeing, and your ability to grow and develop personally, even amid challenges.
Habit One: Be Proactive, is a reminder that you are in charge of your actions. You decide how you’ll spend your time, and those decisions determine what you become.
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“Proactivity means more than merely taking initiative. It means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives.”
—Stephen R. Covey
The opposite of being proactive is to be reactive. When you’re reactive, you surrender your control over a situation to someone or something else. Rather than acting on your own plans, you allow outside influences to manipulate your actions—like a marionette.
Being proactive takes effort. The truth is, each one of us is both proactive and reactive at different times in our lives. That’s part of being human. But by maintaining a proactive mindset, you can modify your behaviors and adjust to the circumstances you face.
Planning is the secret to proactivity.
Some of the most powerful behavior modification tools you’ll ever find are a pen and paper. The best way to overcome unwanted behaviors is to fight a habit with a habit.
Hopes and dreams reside in the part of your brain that deals with fantasy. Writing is an act that is controlled by the half of your brain that deals with reality. So writing your dreams on paper forces your brain to consider them as true possibilities. When that happens, it’s easier to consider the steps that will get you from where you are to where you hope to be. Taking a few quiet moments each day to plan will enable you to start each day in the right direction.
Make Your Plans Matter
Do more than shallow list making. The daily grind is necessary, but unless your plans are centered on your top priorities you’ll just go through the motions day after day. When you base your plans on the people, values, and goals that matter most, you’ll find that you are excited about your list of daily tasks. Your list of things to do will feel meaningful. You’ll act with a purpose!
Use the 21-Day Planner
It takes at least 21 days to form a habit, certainly longer than that to solidify positive behavior. But you’ll be surprised at what you can do in just three short weeks. The 21-Day planner is a great supplement to your yearly planner because you can use it to focus on one specific area. It’s an ideal way to replace unwanted behaviors with better habits.
The 21-Day Planner is designed to remind you why and how to plan. It will teach you about the Productivity Pyramid and the Time Matrix so you can determine the most effective use of your time. It also offers 21 days of weekly and daily planning pages, so you can decide which works best for you. Perhaps best of all, it tucks away perfectly in a purse, binder, or bag so you can keep it with you wherever you go.
If you have something lingering in the back of your mind that you’ve always wanted to do, now is the best time to make plans to do it. See how proactive you can be within the next 21 days!
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