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Habits To Live By


AuthorDecember is a time to review the happenings of 2016, enjoy the holidays with family and friends and to reflect on what can be done a little better in 2017.

My parents lived in the Great Depression era and some of their habits have rubbed off on me – I am a collector of stuff. I find it hard to get rid of things. My fear is that I will need that widget as soon as I pitch it. I have decided to change my ways. This December I have spent a lot of time raiding closets, shelves and drawers with the intention of purging everything that I have not used or worn in years. So far there has been multiple bags of items that have been sent to the trash, to recycle or if still usable, to local charities.

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During the process I came across an audio series by the late Stephen Covey that I had purchased in the early 90’s called “Living the 7 Habits”. It is a companion series to Dr. Covey’s book “The Seven habits of Highly Effective People” and provides a deeper understanding of each of the habits. Although the book and audio series are 25 years old, the 7 Habits still hold true because they are based on timeless, changeless and universal principles of human effectiveness.

I love this Stephen Covey quote:

“The only thing that endures over time is the law of the farm. You must prepare the ground, plant the seeds, cultivate, and water if you expect to reap the harvest.”

Here are the 7 Habits:

  1. Be Proactive. Responsible for behavior, results and growth.
  2. Begin With the End in Mind. Focus time and energy on things that can be controlled.
  3. Put First Things First. Execute on most important priorities.
  4. Think Win-Win. Work effectively and efficiently with others to achieve optimal results.
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.
  6. Synergize. Innovate and problem solve with those who have a different point of view.
  7. Sharpen the Saw. Seek continuous improvement and renewal professionally and personally.

I must admit there are a few of these habits that I have not given the attention they deserve so I decided to refocus and own all 7 Habits in 2017. I will be holding on to these widgets a little longer.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, other Authors, Optima Graphics or Taylor Corp.

About the Author
Rich Fava is an Account Executive at Optima Graphics.
He has spent his career in the graphics world since earning his Design degree and in Trade Show since the early 90s.

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