#1 – Own Your Responsibility

I was debating on whether I wanted to tackle this idea for a few days now.  It dawned on me that if something helps me, it might very well help someone else.  Therefore, I’ve decided to go forward with the thought that if something that has been a huge benefit to me could help anyone else that might be struggling with putting things in a good place in their lives, it would be selfish of me not to share it and speak on it.

Many of you that have known me for a while know that I am a huge proponent of Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  The Seven Habits was something I discovered several years ago.  I have tried to put it into practice throughout my life and use it as a tool to help organize the various aspects of daily living.  It has made a noticeable difference in the way I view things and the way I interact with people.  I’ve decided to intersperse my normal posted thoughts with brief introductions to each of the seven habits in an ongoing series.  Now, I’m not going to give you everything here.  I’m hoping that those of you that have never heard might be intrigued enough to check out the book yourself.  I also hope this can become and interactive concept where we can discuss the things that we do that might reflect the positive message that the habits contain and also share some of the obstacles that we may share with others.  This should be a discussion, not a lecture.  Let’s start with the first habit.

Habit #1 – Be Proactive

When you read the book, you learn that the name of habit one is a bit deceiving.  We think of being proactive traditionally as not being reactive.  Covey gives us another perspective on being proactive, really meaning to take responsibility for the things that we do.  In some form or another, we are the architects of our life and have direct input into the things that happen to us.  Our lives are all about choices.  We choose the way we want to act, we have choice in the way we feel or how things impact our feelings.  Many times it’s just simply too easy to blame others for the things that happen to us.  It’s about the way we were raised, about the way someone treats us, about the thing someone said to us.  The fact is we decide for ourselves how much we are going to allow these things to alter who we are and what we do.  Being proactive is about a focus on all of the things that we have control over and learning to use these things to subsidize the things that we don’t.

What are some of the challenges we all face in regards to being proactive and being responsible for our own lives?

~ by bfmooz on June 24, 2011.

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