I really haven’t done much fun reading for a long time. My grandma stopped by our house on Sunday, and brought along her new Kindle. This got me in the mood to pull mine out and try reading something. The last book I had been reading was 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. There were two habits I read about today, being proactive and working toward an end goal. If you aren’t familiar with the book, each chapter covers a particular habit.
The chapter on being proactive was mostly concerned about attitude. Many people attribute their current situation in life to outside forces and live at the whim of their emotions. Stephen argues that we have more control over where we are in life then we realize. If we take a step back and analyze our position we will likely find that we can take actions to change where we are. Also he cited and example of some businessmen who, after being depressed by where their business was and where it was headed, were very encouraged by the actions they could take to improve things. Keep in mind that making plans, but taking no action has about the same value as not making any plans.
I didn’t follow the chapter on working toward an end goal as closely, but the general principle was that we should plan out what we are going to do, based on the end result of what we want. With many things in life we will let them go how they please, without setting any end goals. Stephen says that we should approach situations with goals of how the results should look, rather then just doing things with no end goal in mind.
Till next time-