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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Week of January 3, 2016

Ever read a book that seemed to creep into your very fibers?  

A good friend of mine gifted me with the late Stephen Covey's best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Peopleover the holidays.  Within a few chapters, I knew just how good of a friend this fellow was, wanting to share such transforming principles with me.  If you are one who dares read these newsletter posts from time to time, then I would like to share these transforming principles with you.

I'll not quote Covey's book or give anything away.  Instead, for the next seven weeks, I'll base these posts around one of the seven habits, at least as I understand them.  I would absolutely recommend you read this book.

Habit #1. BE PROACTIVE

Heard that before?  Sure.  Be a go-getter!  Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!  Yes we can!  L-E-T-S G-O, Let's go, Let's go!

Being proactive has nothing to do with one's get-up-and-go, can-do attitude.  Maybe some of these things result from being proactive, but being proactive is not these things.  

Habit one is the driving force, the foundation, of the seven habits.  It alone just might be the whole ball game while the others are simply the fruit that naturally follows.  I set you up for this because, if you dare to truly grasp this principle, you cannot remain as you currently are.

Between what happens to you AND the way what happens affects you IS A DECISIVE, FREE CHOICE.

cause + CHOICE = effect

How are things now?
What will things be like?
The answer's the same:
however I've chosen.

Concerning the things we can actually influence, we are creators.
Concerning the things we cannot influence, we create our response.
The imperative's the same:
CREATE!

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