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HABITS, PART OF YOUR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN!

Updated: Nov 2, 2019


HABITS, ANOTHER ELEMENT OF YOUR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN!

Do you have a bad habit you would like to break?

Would you like to learn how to make life changing new habits?

Wikipedia defines a “habit” as a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously.

The American Journal of Psychology defines a “habit” from the standpoint of psychology as a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.

HABIT FORMATION

The question is often asked: “How long does it take to form a new habit?”

Wikipedia also tells us: “Habit formation is the process by which a behavior, through regular repetition, becomes automatic or habitual. This process of habit formation can be slow. Research found the average time for habit formation can be from 66 days with a range of 18 to 254 days.

BAD HABITS

A bad habit is an undesirable behavior pattern. Common examples are: procrastination, fidgeting, overspending, overeating, smoking and nail biting. The sooner a person recognizes these bad habits, the easier it is to fix them. Rather than merely attempting to eliminate a bad habit, it may be more productive to replace it with a healthier coping mechanism.

OK! There we have the scientific or psychological explanation.

In this article we are going to discover habits that contribute to our personal growth and development.

The information we will discuss are from these sources: From a book by Steve Paulina, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SMART PEOPLE: THE CONSCIOUS PURSUIT OF PERSONAL GROWTH we will cover several of The 66 Personal Development Habits For Smart People but we will not cover all 66.

A list of habits that can boost personal effectiveness:

1. Daily Goals – Set targets for each day in advance. Decide what you’ll do, then do it. Without a clear focus, it’s too easy to succumb to distractions.

2. Worst First – To defeat procrastination, learn to tackle your most unpleasant tasks first thing in the morning, instead of delaying it until later. The small victory will set the tone for a very productive day.

3. Peak Times – Identify your peak cycles of productivity, and schedule your most important tasks for those times. Work on minor tasks during your non - peak times.

4. Tempo – Deliberately pick up the pace, try to move a little faster than usual. Speak faster. Walk faster. Type faster. Read faster. Go home sooner or finish sooner.

5. Deadline – Set a deadline for task completion and use it as a focal point to stay on track.

6. Music – Experiment with how music can boost your effectiveness.

7. Do it now! – Recite this phrase over and over until you’re so sick of it that you cave in and get to work.

8. Gym rat! – Exercise daily. Boost metabolism, concentration, and mental clarity in 30 minutes a day.

9. Troll hunt! – Banish the negative trolls from your life, and associate with positive, happy and successful people. Mindsets are contagious. Show loyalty to your potential, not to your pity posse.

10. Inspiration – Read inspirational books and articles, listen to audio programs, and attend seminars to keep absorbing new ideas (as well as to refresh yourself on the old ones.)

These ideas are excellent!

Some great points or tips to help us to become more effective and efficient. I hope these have been helpful for you!

(From https://fs.blog/2013/08/66-personal-development-habits-for-smart-people)

AND NOW FOR THE MAIN EVENT!

In a previous article we discussed the life and background of Stephen R. Covey, the author of THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE.

This book was written in 1989, it has sold over 25 million copies since then, yet it remains a timeless classic in what it teaches.

In his book, Covey defines effectiveness as the behavior of obtaining desirable results with caring for that which produces those results. He illustrates this by referring to the fable of the goose that laid the golden eggs. He further claims that effectiveness can be expressed in terms of the P/PC ratio, where P refers to getting desired results and PC is caring for that which produces the results.

THE 7 HABITS

Covey also introduces the Maturity Continuum, as three stages of increasing maturity;

Dependence, independence, and interdependence.

*Dependence means you need others to get what you need. Infants especially depend on others for nurturing and sustenance.

*Independence means being free from external influence and support of others.

*Interdependence is the attitude of “we”, we can cooperate; we can be a team; we can combine our talents.

The first three habits are intended to help achieve independence, they are:

1- Be Proactive, take responsibility for your reaction to your experiences, take the initiative to respond positively and improve the situation.

2- Begin with the end in mind. Envision what you want in the future so you can work and plan towards it.

3- Put First Things First. Talks about what is important and what is urgent. Introduces the Eisenhower Matrix, a method of prioritizing and establishing urgency.

The next three habits talk about interpendence: working with others. They are:

4 - Think win – win. This isn’t just about being nice, nor is it a quick fix technique. It is a belief that a “win” for all is a better result by value and respect of all ideas.

5 - Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This habit embraces the Greek philosophy of:

Ethos – Your personality.

Pathos – Your empathetic side.

Logos – The logic or reasoning side.

This habit encourages empathetic listening to understand. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.

6 – Synergize. Combine the strengths of people through positive team work, to achieve goals that no one could have done alone.

The final habit encourages continual improvement:

7 – Sharpen the Saw, Growth. Balance and renew your resources; energy, and health to create a sustainable, long term lifestyle. It emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, good prayer, meditation or yoga, and good reading for mental renewal. And service to society for spiritual renewal.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, there are two more important ideas as you discover all the quality material in this great book. First, as part of the growth or sharpening the saw, Covey discusses the idea of the “upward spiral” which comes from meaningful and consistent progress resulting in growth, change, and constant improvement. The “upward spiral” model consists of three parts: learn, commit and do.

Finally, Covey coins the term “abundance mentality” or “abundance mindset” or instead of “win – lose” it becomes “win – win”.

I could cover much more, but, I want you, the reader to discover the dynamic elements of a great book by a great author.

I encourage you to consider the formation of good habits in your own Personal Development plan.

(Official Stephen covey home page: https//:www.stephencovey.com)

(From Wikipedia: https//:en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_7_Habits_of_Highly Effective_People&oldid=917842489)

I hope you enjoyed this article. This book is available on Amazon through our website: www.infoproductsunlimited.com.

Thank you for reading! Comments are welcome!

Michael Inman

Encouraging Literacy, Learning and Personal Development!

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