7 Habits

Dec. 31st, 2007 08:41 am
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  • There is intrinsic security that comes from service, from helping other people in a meaningful way.


  • "Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth." --N. Eldon Tanner


  • Goethe taught, "Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be."






And thus concludes our year long look into The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Next year we'll start a new daily calendar called The Secret based on a book of the same name by Rhonda Byrne.

7 Habits

Dec. 28th, 2007 08:25 am
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  • Some day, in the years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now...Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process. --Phillips Brooks

7 Habits

Dec. 27th, 2007 08:50 am
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  • The social and the emotional dimensions of our lives are tied together because our emotional life is primarily, but not exclusively, developed out of and manifested in our relationship with others.

7 Habits

Dec. 26th, 2007 09:20 am
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  • Religious leader David O. McKay taught, "The greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of the soul." If you win the battles there, if you settle the issues that inwardly conflict, you feel a sense of peace, a sense of knowing what you're about.


  • There's no better way to inform and expand your mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature.


  • Writing is another powerful way to sharpen our mental saw. Keeping a journal of your thoughts, experiences, insights, and learnings promotes mental clarity, exactness, and context.


  • Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.






7 Habits

Dec. 21st, 2007 08:47 am
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  • Immersion in great literature of great music can provide a similar renewal of spirit for some. There are others who find it in the way they communicate with nature. Nature bequeaths its own blessings on those who immerse themselves in it.


  • When you're able to leave the noise and the discord of the city and give yourself up to the harmony and rhythm of nature, you come back renewed. For a time, you're undisturbable, almost unflappable, until gradually the noise and the discord from outside start to invade that sense of inner peace.


  • The great reformer Martin Luther is quoted as saying, "I have so much to do today, I'll need to spend another hour on my knees." To him, prayer was not a mechanical duty but rather a source of power in releasing and multiplying his energies.


  • Someone once inquired of a Far Eastern Zen master, who had a great serenity and peace about him no matter what pressures he faced, "How do you maintain that serenity and peace?" He replied, "I never leave my place of meditation." He meditated early in the morning and for the rest of the day, he carred the peace of those moments with him in his mind and heart.


  • The idea is that when we take time to draw on the leadership center of our lives, what life is ultimately all about, it spreads like an umbrella over everything else. It renews us, it refreshes us, particularly if we recommit to it.


  • In our daily spiritual renewal, we can visualize and "live out" the events of the day in harmony with those values.










7 Habits

Dec. 14th, 2007 08:26 am
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  • The spiritual dimension is your core, your center, your commitment to your value system. It's a very private area of life and a supremely important one. It draws upon the sources that inspire and uplift you and tie you to the timeless truths of all humanity.

7 Habits

Dec. 13th, 2007 10:33 am
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  • Renewing the spiritual dimension provides leadership to life.

7 Habits

Dec. 12th, 2007 08:11 am
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Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things...I am tempted to think...there are no little things. --Bruce Barton

7 Habits

Dec. 11th, 2007 09:08 am
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  • When you see only two alternatives--yours and the "wrong" one--you can look for a synergistic third alternative. There's almost always a third alternative, and if you work with a Win/Win philosophy and really seek to understand, you usually can find a solution that will be better for everyone concerned.

7 Habits

Dec. 10th, 2007 08:17 am
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  • You can exercise the courage in interdependent situations to be open, to express your ideas, your feelings, and your experiences in a way that will encourage other people to be open also.


  • You can value the difference in other people. When someone disagrees with you, you can say, "Good! You see it differently." You don't have to agree with them; you can simply affirm them. And you can seek to understand.


7 Habits

Dec. 7th, 2007 08:11 am
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  • You can be synergistic within yourself even in the midst of a very adversarial environment. You don't have to take insults personally. You can sidestep negative energy; you can look for the good in others and utilize that good, as different as it may be, to improve your point of view and to enlarge your perspective.

7 Habits

Dec. 6th, 2007 08:20 am
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  • Your own internal synergy is completely within the circle. You can respect both sides of your own nature--the analytical side and the creative side. You can value the difference between them and use that difference to catalyze creativity.

7 Habits

Dec. 5th, 2007 10:28 am
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  • Although you cannot control the paradigms of others in an interdependent interaction or the synergistic process itself, a great deal of synergy is within your Circle of Influence.

7 Habits

Dec. 4th, 2007 09:21 am
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  • Synergy works; it's a correct principle. It is the crowning achievement of all the previous habits. It is effectiveness in an interdependent reality--it is teamwork, team building, the development of unity and creativity with other human beings.

7 Habits

Dec. 3rd, 2007 08:07 am
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  • Ecology is a word which basically describes the synergism in nature--everything is related to everything else. It's in the relationship that creative powers are maximized, just as the real power in these 7 Habits is in their relationship to each other, not just in the individual habits themselves.


  • The relationship of the parts is also the power in creating a synergistic culture inside a family or an organization. The more genuine the involvement, the more sincere and sustained the participation in analyzing and solving problems, the greater the release of everyone's creativity, and of their commitment to what they create.


7 Habits

Nov. 30th, 2007 08:35 am
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  • Valuing the difference is the essence of synergy--the mental, the emotional, the psychological differences between people. And the key to valuing those differences is to realize that all people see the world, not as it is, but as they are.

7 Habits

Nov. 29th, 2007 08:04 am
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  • There are some circumstances in which synergy may not be achievable and No Deal isn't viable. But even in these circumstances, the spirit of sincere trying will usually result in a more effective compromise.

7 Habits

Nov. 28th, 2007 07:55 am
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  • Synergy is exciting. Creativity is exciting. It's phenomenal what openness and communication can produce. The possibilities of truly significant gain, of significant improvement are so real that it's worth the risk such openness entails.

7 Habits

Nov. 27th, 2007 08:18 am
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  • People begin to interact with each other almost in half sentances, sometimes incoherent, but they get each other's meaning very rapidly. Then whole new worlds of insights, new perspectives, new paradigms that insure options, new alternatives are opened up and thought about. Though occasionally these new ideas are left up in the air, they usually come to some kind of closure that is practical and useful.

7 Habits

Nov. 26th, 2007 07:53 am
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  • As Carl Rogers taught, "That which is most personal is most general."


  • The more authentic you become, the more genuine in your expression, particularly regarding personal experiences and even self-doubts, the more people can relate to your expression and the safer it makes them feel to express themselves. That expression in turn feeds back on the other person's spirit, and genuine creative empathy takes place, producing new insights and learnings and a sense of excitement and adventure that keeps the process going.


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