Shifting Focus

We all want to succeed. And one path to success is identifying the habits that can help us on our journey.

These days people look for quick fixes. Some see a successful, happy individual and wonder- how do they do it?

First of all there are no quick fixes to anything that brings success, and happiness. It take time and you have to be able to shift your focus and embrace some changes. Any quick fixes in our journey through life are just band-aids that yield short term solutions that don’t address the underlying conditions.

Theway we see the problem is usually the problem. We must allow ourselves to undergo shifts to change ourselves fundamentally and alter our attitudes and behaviors on the surface in order to achieve true change.

We should focus on these habits.

  • #1. Be proactive
  • #2. Begin with the end in mind.
  • #3. Put first thing first
  • #4. Think your going to win
  • #5. Seek first to understand. Then to be understood.
  • #6. Sharpen the saw.

Habits 1, 2, and 3 is focused on self-mastery and moving from dependence to independence.

Habits 4, 5, and 6 is focused on developing collaboration and communication skills, and moving from independence to interdependence.

Habit 7 is focused on continuous growth and improvement and embodies all the other habits.

We are in charge. We choose which values to live our lives by. Use this self-awareness to be proactive and take responsibility for our choices.

What distinguishes us as human from all other animals is our ability to examine our own character, to decide how to view ourselves and our situations, and to control our own effectiveness.

Reactive people choose to take a passive stance they believe the world is happening to them. There’s nothing I can do. Or that’s just the way I am.

They think the problem is “out there” but that thought is the problem. Reactivity becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and reactive people feel increasingly victimized and out of control.

Proactive people, however, recognize they have responsibility or response ability to choose how you will respond a given situation.

It is our willing permission, our consent to what happens to us, that hurts us far more than what happened to us in the first place.

Stephen Covey

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