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Presentation by MLES Kindergarten

The Seven Healthy Habits of
Highly Effective People

The Seven Effective Habits
What's a paradigm?
A paradigm is the perception
of the way things are...
The Private Victory
The Personal Bank Account
Habit One
Habit Two
Habit Four
Habit Five
Habit Seven
The Set up
Be proactive
Take responsibility for your life. Make positive choices.
Begin with the end in mind
Define your goals daily and long term.
Habit Three
Put first things first
Prioritize and do the most important things first. Then, do what you want.
Think win-win
Have an everyone-can-win attitude. Share. Be happy for others. It's not all about you!
Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Listen to people sincerely. Listen to learn. Communicate with respect.
Habit Six
Synergize
Work together to achieve more. Help each other.
Sharpen the saw
Renew yourself regularly. Eat well, exercise, play, rest, and enjoy life!
[pair-a-dime]
Paradigms are like glasses. When you have incomplete paradigms about yourself or life, it's like wearing glasses with the wrong prescription.
Paradigms of Life
Friend Centered
Stuff Centered
Significant Other Centered
School Centered
Parent Centered
Paradigms of Self
Are your paradigms of yourself helping or hindering you?
Just as negative self-paradigms can put limitations on us, positive self-paradigms can bring out the best in us
Paradigms of Others
We also have paradigms about other people
Seeing things from a different point of view can help us understand why other people act the way they do. We too often judge people without having all the facts.
Paradigms about life in general
You can usually tell what your paradigm of life is by asking yourself, "what is the driving force in my life?"
Friends are important, but they should never be your center. Make as many friends as you want, but don't build your life on them. It's an unstable foundation.
We live in a material world. There is nothing wrong with accomplishing and enjoying our stuff, but we should never center our lives on things which have no lasting value.
If you center your life around your significant other, when they leave you will feel like you have no happiness left in your life.
When you become obsessed with getting good grades, you forget that the real purpose of school is to learn.
When your parents become the center of your life, you focus all of your energy in pleasing them, you tend to lose focus of what you want in life.
Principle Centered
You should center your children, school, work, significant other, sports, hobbies, friends, enemies, heroes, and yourself around principles.
Principle Centered
The Real Thing
What should be your center?
Starting with the Man in the Mirror
Principles are things like honesty and respect. Principles never fail you.
Paradigms and Principles
The Seven Defective Habits
What are habits anyway?
A habit is a settled or regular tendency or practice, esp. one that is hard to give up
The Seven Habits
Of Highly Defective
People

Habit One
Habit Two
Habit Four
Habit Five
Habit Seven
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Be Reactive
Blame all your problems on other people. Be a victim. Live recklessly. Make bad choices. Don't follow rules.
Begin With No End In Mind
Don't have a plan. Don't make goals. Don't worry about the consequences.
Habit Three
Put First Things Last
Procrastinate. Make sure you do the unimportant things first. Play around, then work.
Think Win-Lose
Make sure you always win. Never let anyone else do that, because that means you lose. Life is a vicious competition.
Seek First to Talk, Then Pretend to Listen
The world revolves around you. You were born with a mouth, so use it.
Habit Six
Don't Cooperate
You have the best ideas anyway. You're better off doing everything yourself.
Wear Yourself Out
Be so busy with life that you never take time to renew or improve yourself.
The Seven Habits Can Help You
Get control of your life
Improve your relationships with your friends
Make smarter decisions
Get along with difficult people
Overcome challenges
Define your values and what matters most to you
Get more done in less time
Increase your self confidence
Be happy
Find balance between school,
work, friends, and everything else
Habit 1: Be Proactive
I am the force
Habit 2: Begin With the End In Mind
Control your own destiny, or someone else will
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Will and won't power
PBA Withdrawls
PBA Deposits
The PBA
The Personal Bank Account
[ Personal Bank Account ]
How you feel about yourself is like a bank account, Just like a checking or savings account at a bank, you can make deposits and withdrawals from your PBA.
Keep promises to yourself
Do small acts of kindness
Be gentle with yourself
Be honest
Renew yourself
Tap into your talents
Break personal promises
Keep to yourself
Beat yourself up
Be dishonest
Wear yourself out
Neglect your talents
Proactive or Reactive
Listen to your language
The Victimitis Virus
It Pays to be Proactive
We Can Control Only One Thing
Turning setbacks into triumphs
Rising above abuse
Becoming a
change agent
Growing your
proactive muscles
Can-Do
Just Push Pause
Human Tools
In Action
The choice is yours
Reactive people make choices based on impulse. They are like a can of soda. They get a little shaken up and they explode. Proactive people make choices based on values. They think before they act.
Reactive people say things like, "I can't," and "That's just the way I am!" Proactive people say things like, "I can do better than that," and "There's gotta be a way!"
People with victimitis believe the world is against them and everyone has it in for them
Most reactive people suffer from victimitis.
Proactive people are a different breed
Proactive people are not easily offended, take responsibility for their choices, think before they act, bounce back when something bad happens, always find a way to make it happen, focus on things they can do something about, and don't worry about things they can't.
We can't control everything that happens to us. We can't control the color of our skin or much tuition will be, but there is one thing we can control. We control how we respond to what happens to us. Picture two circles...
Circle of Control
Choices
Responses
Ourselves
Attitudes
Circle of No Control
Color of skin
Cost of
tutition
Weather
Past mistakes
Parents
Rude
comments
Location of
birth
Sometimes life throws you under the bus. Life isn't always fair, but it is your job to make the best of your situations, instead of wallowing in self pity.
One of the hardest things to cope with is abuse. If you have been abused, it is not your fault. It is important to talk to someone you trust about what you are dealing with. It is one of the first steps in the healing process.
Bad habits like abuse, alcoholism, and welfare dependency can often be passed down from parent to child. If you are in this situation, it is your job to break the cycle.
You can take responsibility for your life and stay away from sticky situations. By growing proactive muscles, you change from a reactive state of mind to a proactive state of mind.
If you think can-do, you can accomplish a lot. To reach your goals in life, you must seize the initiative.
Sometimes life is moving so fast that we instantly react to everything out of sheer habit. If you can learn to pause, get control, and think about how you want to respond, you'll make smarter decisions.
Using things like imagination, conscience, and willpower, we can choose whether to rise to challenges or be conquered by them
Begin With the End In Mind
What it means
Beginning with the end in mind is envisioning the final product before you start the process to get there. Like reading a recipe before baking a cake.
The Crossroads of Life
In your life you have to choose paths to take, like:
Do you want to go to college?
Should you try out for the team?
Will you join a gang?
Who will you date?
Will you have sex before marriage?
Will you drink?
Will you do drugs?
What values will you choose?
What will you stand for?
A Personal
Mission Statement
So if it's important to have an end in mind, how do you do it? One of the best ways is to write a personal mission statement. It will help open your eyes to what's really important to you.
Uncovering Your Talents
An important part of being proactive and in control of your life is developing a personal mission statement and discovering at what things you're good. Everyone has a talent, a gift, or something special.
Teaching H1 to Kids
Watch Out #1
Wrong Wall
"It's All Over" Syndrome
Children's Book
Crafts/Writing
Songs
Reinforce with Classroom Dojo
Negative Labels
Labels are an ugly form of prejudice. Humans are too complex to be neatly shelved into a category. Remember, you are not your labels.
Watch Out #2
If you make a mistake, it is not the end of the world. It's never over. If you've made mistakes, you're just a normal human.
Watch Out #3
Have you ever worked really hard to get something you wanted, only to find that when you got it you felt empty inside? Make sure you ladder in life is leaning against the right wall.
Go For The Goal
Once you have your mission in place, you will want to set goals. Goals are more specific. Here are five keys to setting goals.
Key No. 1
Key No. 2
Key No. 3
Key No. 4
Count the Cost
Don't make commitments to yourself you know you're going to break, because you'll take withdrawals from your personal bank account.
Put it in Pen
Writing forces you to be specific, which is very important in goal setting.
Just Do It!
Once we are fully committed to doing a task, our power to complete it will increase.
Use Momentous Moments
Certain moments in life contain momentum and power. The key is to harness these moments for goal setting.
Key No. 5
Rope Up
You'll accomplish more in life if you borrow strength from others.
Make Your Life Extraordinary
Life is short. Since your destiny is yet to be determined, why not make it extraordinary and leave a lasting legacy?
Packing More Into Your Life
Not Important & Not Urgent
Urgent & Important
Not Important & Urgent
Important & Not Urgent
The better you organize yourself, the more you'll be able to pack into your life. Life is made of two main ingredients, important & urgent. Combinations of these two categorize us into four time quadrants.
The Procrastinator
Exam tomorrow
Friend gets injured
Late for work
Project due tomorrow
Car breaks down
The Prioritizer
Planning, goal setting
Essay due in a week
Exercise
Relationships
Relaxations
The Yes-Man
Unimportant phone calls
Interruptions
Other people's small problems
Peer pressure
The Slacker
Too much TV
Endless phone calls
Excessive computer games
Mall marathons
Time wasters
Plan Weekly
Step 1
Identify Your Big Rocks
Block Out Time for Your Big Rocks
Step 2
Step 3
Take fifteen minutes each week to plan your week and just watch what a difference it can make
Ask yourself, "what are you the most important things I need to do this week?"
During your weekly planning, block out time for your big rocks by booking them in your planner.
Schedule Everything Else
Once you have your big rocks booked, schedule in all of your other little to-dos, daily tasks, and appointments.
The Other Half
The Comfort Zone
and the Courage Zone
Comfort Zone
Courage Zone
Never Let Your Fears
Make Your Decisions
Time management isn't all there is to Habit 3. The other half is learning to overcome fear and peer pressure.
Putting your first things first takes courage and will often cause you to stretch outside your comfort zone.
Things I enjoy to do
Relaxation
Safety & Security
Ease
Things I'm
accustomed to
Surety
Freedom from risk
Things I'm afraid of
Things I've never tried
Risk
Hard moments
Ultimate potential
Bravery
Unexplored territory
Things that are difficult
Opportunity
Higher duty
Adventure
Next time you want to make a new friend, or audition for a play, just got for it. Even if all your fears and doubts are screaming NO, don't listen to them. You make your own decisions.
The Common Ingredient of Success
Discipline
Putting first things first takes discipline. It takes discipline to manage your time. It takes discipline to overcome your fears. It takes discipline to resist peer pressure.
The Public Victory
The Relationship Bank Account
The Stuff That Life is Made Of
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Life is an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
You Have Two Ears and One Mouth
Habit 6: Synergize
The "High" Way
Unlike a checking account, once you open an RBA with another person, you can never close it.
In a checking account, ten dollars is ten dollars. In an RBA, deposits tend to evaporate and withdrawals tend to turn to stone.
The RBA
Unlike a bank account, where you may have only one or two accounts, you have an RBA with everyone you meet.
The Relationship
Bank Account
The Relationship Bank Account
The relationship bank account is much like a checking account. You can make deposits and improve the relationship, or take withdrawals and weaken it. Although there are many similairities, the RBA is different from a financial account in three ways.
Thinking Win-Win
Win-Lose
Lose-Win
Lose-Lose
Win-Win
The foundation for getting along well with others
Thinking win-win begins with the
belief that we are all equal, that
no one is inferior or superior to
anyone else, and no one really
needs to be. So let's explore this
strange idea called thinking Win-Win. Win-Win is not Win-Lose, Lose-Win, or Lose-Lose. These are all common but poor attitudes toward life.
The Totem Pole
Win-lose is an attitude toward
life that says the pie of
success is only so big, and
if you get a big piece
there is less for me. Win-
lose will usually backfire.
You may end up on the top of
the totem pole, but you'll be
there alone and without friends.
The Doormat
Lose-Win is weak. It's easy
to get stepped on. It's easy
to be the nice guy. With a
Lose-Win attitude, you'll find yourself setting low expectations and
compromising your
standards.
The Downward Spiral
Lose-Lose is usually what happens when two Win-Lose people get
together. If you want to win at
all costs, and so does the other person, you're both going to end up losing. Resulting in the downward-spiral of Lose-Lose
The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Win-Win is a belief that everyone can win. It's both nice and tough all at once. Win-Win always creates more. An endless buffet.
Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths
People who lack the native physical, social, or mental gifts they desire must fight just that much hard. And the uphill battle can produce qualities and strengths they couldn't develop any other way. That is how weakness can become strength.
Pick Up A Planner
Using a planner of some sort that has a calendar and space to write down appointments, assignments, to-do lists, and goals is the first step to being in quadrant 2.
Adapt Daily
With your weekly plan in place, adapt each day as needed. The simple act of planning ahead each week will help you focus on your big rocks and consequently accomplish so much more.
Does It Really Work?
Be Strong in the Hard Moments
Overcoming
Peer Pressure
Winning Means Rising
Each Time You Fall
We should worry less about failing and more about the chances we miss when we don't even try,
Hard moments are conflicts between doing the right thing and doing the easier thing.
Some of the hardest moment come when facing peer pressure. Saying no when all your friends are saying yes takes raw courage.
Does this time-management stuff really work? You bet it does. One of the few things that can be recycled is wasted time, so make the most of each moment.
Keeping Promises
If your RBA is low, try building it by keeping your commitments, because when people trust you, everything goes so much better.
Do Small Acts of Kindness
Sometimes the smallest things, such as a hello or a smile, can make such a big difference. If you want to build friendships, try doing the little things, because in relationships, the little things ARE the big things.
Be Loyal
Gossip and rumors probably have destroyed more reputations and relationships than every other bad habit combined. Loyal people are trustworthy and can keep secrets. Loyal people avoid gossip, and loyal people stick up for others
Listen
Listening to someone can be one of the single greatest deposits you can make into another's RBA. People need to be listened to almost as much as they need food.
say You're Sorry
Saying you're sorry when you yell, overreact or make a stupid mistake can quickly restore an overdrawn bank account. Don't let your pride or lack of courage stand in the way of saying you're sorry to people you may have offended, because it's never as scary as it seems, and it will make you feel so good afterward.
Set Clear Expectations
Whenever you get into a new job, relationship, or setting, you're better off taking the time to lay all expectations out on the table so that everyone is on the same page.
How To Think Win-Win
So how do you do it?
Win The Private Victory First
It all begins with you. If you are extremely insecure and haven't paid the price to win the private victory, it will be difficult to think Win-Win.
Avoid The Tumor Twins
Competing
Comparing
There are two habits that, like tumors, can slowly eat you away from the inside. They are twins and their names are competing and comparing.
Competition can be extremely healthy. Without it, we would never know how far we could push ourselves. But there is another side to competition that isn't so nice. Competition becomes dark when you tie your self-worth into winning or when you use it as a way to place yourself above another.
Comparing yourself to others is nothing but bad news. Why? Because we're all on different development timetables. Socially, mentally, and physically.
The Fruits of the Win-Win Spirit
Never underestimate what can happen when someone thinks Win-Win. Win-Win is contagious. If you're big hearted, committed to helping others succeed, and willing to share recognition, you'll be a magnet for friends.
The Deepest Need of the Human Heart
Why is this habit the key to communication? It's because the deepest need of the human heart is to be understood. People won't expose their soft middles unless they feel genuine love and understanding. You can show you're care by simply taking time to listen.
Five Poor Listening Styles
Spacing Out
Pretend
Listening
Selective Listening
Word Listening
Self-Centered Listening
Spacing out
Pretend listening
Selective listening
Word listening
Self-centered listening
Spacing out is when someone is talking to us but we ignore them because our mind is wandering off in another galaxy. We all space out from time to time, but do it too much and you'll get a reputation for being "out of it."
It's more common than spacing out. We still aren't paying much attention to the other person, but at least we pretend we are. The speaker will usually get the hint and will feel that they are not important enough to be heard.
Selective listening is where we pay attention only to the part of the conversation that interests us. If you are a selective listener, chances are you'll never develop lasting friendships.
Word listening is when we actually pay attention to what someone is saying, but we listen only to the words, not to the body language, the feelings, or the true meaning behind the words.
This happens when we see everything from our own point of view. Instead of standing in another's shoes, we want them to stand in ours. If we listen from our own point of view we often judge, advise, probe.
Let's take a look at those 3
Advising
Judging
Probing
Sometimes as we listen, we make judgments about them and what they're saying. If you're busy judging, you're not really listening, are you?
This is when we give advice from our own experiences. If people want advice, they'll ask for it.
Probing occurs when you try to dig up emotions before people are ready to share them. No one likes being interrogated.
Genuine Listening
Third
First
Second
Genuine Listening
(The Real Stuff)
There is a higher form of listening, fortunately, which leads to real communication. It's the kind of practice we want to put to use. But to do genuine listening, you need to do three things differently.
Listen with your eyes, heart, and ears. Only 7% of communication is contained in the words we use, so listening with just your ears isn't good enough. The rest comes from body language and voice.
Stand in their shoes. To become a genuine listener, you need to take off your shoes and stand in another's.
Practice mirroring. Think like a mirror. What does a mirror do? It doesn't judge. It doesn't give advice. It reflects. Mirroring is as simple and repeating back in your own words what the other person is saying and feeling.
Communicating With Parents
Communication is hard enough by itself, but throw Mom or Dad into the mix and then you've got a tiger by the tail. If you want to improve your relationship with Mom or Dad, try listening to them, just like you would a friend.
Synergy Is Everywhere
What even is synergy?
Synergy is when two or more people work together to create a better solution than either could alone. It's not your way or my way but a better way, a higher way. Synergy isn't anything new. If you've ever been on a team of any kind, you've felt it.
Celebrating Differences
Shun Diversity
Celebrate Diversity
Tolerate Diversity
Synergy doesn't just happen, it's a process. To achieve synergy, you have to celebrate difference. There are three ways to handle diversity:
Shun Diversity
Tolerate Diversity
Celebrate Diversity
Shunners are afraid of differences. They enjoy ridiculing those who are different, all the while believing that they are are saving the world from some terrible pestilence.
Tolerators believe that everyone has the right to be different. They don't shun diversity, but they don't embrace it either.
Celebrators value differences. They see them as an advantage, not a weakness. They've learned that two people who think differently can achieve more than two people who think alike.
"We are as a different from one another on the inside of our heads as we appear to be on the outside..." ~Robert Fulghum
We Learn Differently
Linguistic
We Have Different Styles, Traits, and Characteristics.
We See Differently
We Are All a Minority Of One
Your friend's or your sister's brain don't work the same way as yours does. Dr. Thomas Armstrong has identified seven kinds of smarts and says that kids may learn best through their most dominant intelligence:
learn through reading, writing, telling stories
Logical-Mathematical
learn through logic, patterns, categories, relationships
Bodily-Kinesthetic
learn through bodily sensations, touching
Spatial
learn through images and pictures
Musical
learn through sound and rhythm
Interpersonal
learn through interaction and communicating with others
Intrapersonal
learn through their own feelings
Everyone sees the world differently and has a different paradigm about themselves, others, and life in general.
Everybody has their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. These are what give us individuality.
Celebrate Your Own Diversity
Instead of trying to blend in and be like everyone else, be proud of and celebrate your unique differences and qualities. Life is like a fruit salad, and a fruit salad is delicious because each fruit maintains its own flavor.
Sticking Up For Diversity
Fortunately, the world is full of people who are warm within and who value diversity. Sticking up for diversity shows courage, but sometimes there a roadblocks.
Roadblocks To Celebrating Diversity
Ignorance
Cliques
Prejudice
Ignorance means you're clueless. You don't know what other people believes, how they feel, or what they've been through.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to be with those you're comfortable with; it becomes a problem only when your group of friends becomes so exclusive that they begin to reject everyone who isn't just like them.
Although we are all created equally, unfortunately we are not all treated equally. It's a sad fact that minorities of all types often have additional hurdles to leap in life because of prejudice.
Finding the "High Way"
Once you've bought into the idea that differences are a strength and not a weakness, and once you're committed to at least trying to celebrate differences, you're ready to find the High Way. The High Way is the best solution for all involved.
Getting to Synergy
There is a way to get to synergy. Here's a simple five step process to help you get there.
Getting To Synergy
Getting To Synergy
Define The Problem Or Opportunity
Their Way
My Way
Brainstorm
High Way
Action Plan!
Seek first to understand the ideas of others
Seek to be understood by sharing your ideas.
Create new options and ideas
Find the best solution
You can tell if someone is reactive or proactive based on their language.
Renewal
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
It's "Me Time"
Keep Hope Alive!
You'll Move Mountains
Soul
Heart
Balance Is Better
Brain
Body
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
The Physical Dimension
Exercise
Eat healthy
Sleep well
Relax
The Mental Dimension
Read
Educate
Write
Learn new skills
The Emotional Dimension
Build relationships
Give service
Laugh
The Spiritual Dimension
Meditate
Keep a journal
Pray
Take in quality media
It is important to keep a balance and to keep in touch with the four dimensions of life. How you do in one dimension affects the other three.
Take Time For a Time-Out
You need time to relax and unwind. You have to take out time to treat yourself to a little tender loving care. This is what sharpening the saw is all about.
Caring For Your Body
Your body is a tool, and if you take good care of it, it will serve you well.
You Are What You Eat
Listen to your body. Pay careful attention to how different foods make you feel and from that develop your own handful of do's and don'ts.
Be moderate and avoid extremes when it comes to food
Food affects mood, so eat with care
Use It or Lose It
We all feel depressed, confused, or apathetic at times. And it's at times like these when perhaps the best thing we can do for ourselves is to exercise. Besides being good for your heart and lungs, exercise has an an amazing way of giving you a shot of energy, melting stress away, and clearing your mind.
It's All About How You Feel, Not How You Look
Be careful. In your quest for a better physique, make sure you don't get too obsessed with your appearance. Besides, if you didn't already know it, what you see on the covers of magazines aren't real.
I Can Quit Whenever I Want
Just as there are ways to care for your body, there are also ways to destroy it. And using addictive substances such as alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, are great ways to do it.
The Refusal Skill
Staying away from drugs of all kinds is a lot easier said than done. Here the refusal skill steps.
2
Ask Questions
Name The Trouble
1
State The Consequences
3
Suggest an Alternative
4
Take Off
5
"Why would I want to smoke?"
"What will happen to me if I get stoned tonight?"
"Smoking pot is illegal."
"Smoking will ruin my brain cells."
"I could get arrested if I'm caught with drugs."
"If I get wasted tonight, I may do something I regret."
"Hey, why don't we go see a movie?"
"We should make brownies. But not the special kind."
"Sorry, everyone, but I'm out of here."
"I'd rather be home on the internet. I have a blog to run."
Caring For Your Brain
Caring for the mental dimension means developing brain power through your schooling, extracurricular activities, hobbies, jobs, and other mind-enlarging experiences.
Sharpen Your Mind
There are numerous ways to expand your mind, but the best approach may simply be to read. Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body.
Find Your Niche
While you may need to endure some subjects you don't enjoy at school, find the subjects you do enjoy and build upon them. Take additional classes, check out books, and see movies about the topic. Don't let school be your only form of education.
Don't Let School Get In The Way Of Your Education
Grades are important, especially because they lead to future job and education options. But there is so much more to an education than grades.
Post-High School Educational Options
Admissions offices and companies that are hiring don't care so much about what you majored in. They want to see evidence that you have a sound mind. They will be looking and your desire, standardize test scores, extracurriculars, letters of recommendation, grade point average, and communication skills.
Mental Barriers
Screentime
The Nerd Syndrome
Pressure
As you attempt to build a brain, you will need to overcome a few barriers. Here are three to consider:
Screentime is any time spent in front of a screen, like a TV or Computer. Some time can be healthy, but too much time can numb your mind.
Some teens don't want to do too well in school because others might think they're nerds. This is just plain stupid.
Sometimes we're scared of doing well in school because of the high expectations it creates.
You Gotta Wanna
In the end, the key to honoring your mind will be your desire to learn. You've gotta really want it.
Caring For Your Heart
The best way to nourish and care for you heart is to focus on building relationships, or in other words, to make regular deposits into your relationship bank accounts and into your own bank account.
Sex and Relationships
Sex is about whole lot more than your body. It's also about your heart. In fact, what you do about sex may affect your self-image and your relationships with other more than any other decision you make. Before you decide to have sex or continue having it, search your heart and think about it...carefully.
Laugh Or You'll Cry
After all is said and done, there is one last key to keeping your heart healthy and strong. Just laugh. That's right...laugh. Don't worry, be happy, because sometimes life just stinks and there's no much and you can do to change it, so you might as well laugh.
Caring For Your Soul
Feeding your soul is tricky because it's different for everyone. Here are a few examples of how to feed your soul:
Meditating
Serving others
Writing in a journal
Going for a walk
Reading inspiring books
Drawing
Praying
Writing poetry or music
Thinking deeply
Getting Back to Nature
There is something magical about getting into nature that just can't be matched. Even if you live in a downtown area far removed from rivers, mountains, or beaches, there will usually be a park nearby that you can visit.
A Teen's Best Friend
Like getting into nature, keeping a journal can do wonders for your soul. It can become your solace, your best friend, the only place that no matter how you feel, you can fully express yourself.
You Can Do It!
Sharpening the saw won't just happen to you. Since it's a quadrant 2 activity (important but not urgent), you have to be proactive and make it happen. The best thing to do is to take out time each day to sharpen the saw, even if it's only for fifteen or thirty minutes.
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Collignon, Gibson,
Hardison, Mattingly,
Smith

by Sean Covey
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