Recently I attended a training on Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Affective People. I had read the book many years ago and attended training which include the principles of the 7-Habits, but I had never been fully immersed it in as I am now with my training, a workbook, a support buddy from the class and a daily task that relates to the 7-Habits. If you have not taken this training or are not aware of the Habits, then you are in for a treat. All week I’ve been tweeting and posting about this great advise that has changed how I respond on e-mail and in person to people, how I prioritize my day/week/month, and how my goals are structured.
Enjoy this short segment on 7-Habits adapted from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
- Take personal responsibility and initiative. In other words, be proactive. Make a decision to create change in your life instead of simply reacting to external forces.
- Get clear about what’s important to you and set goals. Have your own personal mission statement, and create both short and long-term goals. Write them down. People often find themselves achieving victories that are empty, successes that have come at the expense of things they suddenly realize were far more valuable to them.
- Put those priorities first and be disciplined. Prioritize the most important things in your life. Make choices that help move you forward toward your goals.
- Seek mutual benefit in all interactions with others – practice the Golden Rule. Try to find “win/win” solutions to problems. Pursue situations and relationships that are mutually beneficial.
- Seek to understand others from their perspective first before making your point. First, seek to understand. Second, seek to be understood. Effective listening is not simply echoing what the other person has said through the lens of your own experience. Rather, it is trying to understand the perspective of the other person, listening emphatically for both feeling and meaning
- Value differences and create third-alternative solutions to problems that are better than “my way” or “your way”. Use individual differences to a situation’s advantage. Often, a better solution can be found by taking each person’s point of view into consideration.
- Take care of and renew yourself in four areas of life: Body, mind, heart and spirit. Maintain a balance between work and self-care. Take time to rejuvenate and recharge.
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