It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it!

We love this blog from Hubspot that summarises the 7 Habits of highly effective people by Stephen R Covey.

Over the past 8 years we have thrown ourselves into lots of personal development and truly appreciate that for anything to change in our lives and our business we must first change ourselves.

The book opens with an explanation of how many individuals who have achieved a high degree of outward success still find themselves struggling with an inner need for developing personal effectiveness and growing healthy relationships with other people.

Covey believes the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions.

No 1. Be Proactive

We’re in charge. We choose the scripts by which to live our lives. Use this self-awareness to be proactive and take responsibility for your choices.

The first habit that Covey discusses is being proactive. What distinguishes us as humans from all other animals is our inherent ability to examine our own character, to decide how to view ourselves and our situations, and to control our own effectiveness.

Put simply, in order to be effective one must be proactive.

Reactive people take a passive stance — they believe that the world is happening to them. They say things like:

  • There’s nothing I can do.
  • 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 that they have responsibility — or “response-ability,” which Covey defines as the ability to choose how you will respond to a given stimulus or situation.

In order to be proactive, we must focus on the Circle of Influence that lies within our Circle of Concern– in other words, we must work on the things we can do something about.

To read the other 6 Habit’s click Here

We would love you to share the habits that work in your business?