Many of you may be familiar with Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Covey’s book remains a top-seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.
Many people are unhappy with where they are in life, and they often blame other people or outside circumstances. As Stephen Covey succinctly states, we are products of our own decisions and no one else’s.
Stephen Covey recognized the importance of habits: the habits that make us more effective, and the habits that hold us back. Most people do not examine their habits because, well, humans are habitual. Our habits make decisions for us. We allow it to happen, whether it’s conscious or not.
We need to examine our habits to make sure they are moving us toward where we want to be. If our habits are not serving us well, we need to change our negative habits into positive habits.
“The way we see the problem is the problem,” Covey writes. We must allow ourselves to embrace paradigm shifts—to change ourselves fundamentally and not just alter our attitudes and behaviors on the surface level—in order to achieve true change. This is not always easy to do on our own.
To help you make such a decision, here’s the link to one of my favorite articles on decision-making, by Bob Proctor.
It’s a piece I return to again and again. I’m eager to know if you find it helpful, too, and hope that you’ll join the conversation on my Facebook page.