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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Transcript of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Habit #1 : Be Proactive
Throughout this chapter it is touched upon that 'can-do' people take initiative to make something happen, think about solutions and options and they act right away. The 'no-can-do' people tend to be the complete opposite. They wait for something to happen, they think about problems and barriers and they are acted upon. I believe that I am sort of in between these two types of people. I often struggle with just thinking of the barriers or problems. I am awful for this and need to work on thinking about the good, the solutions and options to solve a situation.
'I am the Force'
Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind
One of the main concepts throughout this chapter is completing a Mission Statement. Having to do this task really opened my eyes. I put a lot of effort and thought into mine to make sure that it represented me and that it was attainable. The one most important thing that I stated was that I will lead with a purpose. This is important to me because I feel that without a purpose what are you trying to do? You need to think about what your overall goal is that you are trying to achieve and stick to it.
'Control your Own Destiny or Someone Else Will'
Habit #3: Put First Things First
This particular chapter is very similar to Chapter 17 -
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
because their main idea is to prioritize what is most important. I feel that I can relate to this habit because I am someone who tries to live by this rule. I often put things that are most important first then move to the other smaller things. I will make a schedule of what I have to do and then check mark the things that are completed then move on to the next task. I don't often suffer from the whole idea of procastination. I try my best to stay away from this because in the end it doesn't really do anything, it ultimately gives you great difficulty.
'Will and Won't Power'
Habit #4: Think Win-Win
This is the chapter in the book that I believe stuck out to me the most. I often am a person that puts other's first and I forget about myself. Throughout this chapter it talks about how thinking 'win-win' is so beneficial and good for you , so why not try and strive for that? Well that is one of my personal goals. I am learning to please and help others but I'm now starting to find the benefits in it for myself as well. Yes, it is great and so rewarding to help other people but sometimes you have to think of a way that both parties can win. There are so many problems associated with lose-lose, lose-win and win-lose so I'm not seeing the other side of things and trying to think 'win-win' to help make everyone happy. Sure, you can't always please everyone but trying is the key componenet.
'Life is an -All-You-Can-Eat Buffet'
Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Similar to the previous chapter, I feel that I can relate to Habit #5 pretty easily. I am usually very good to first listen to whatever the problem is and then go from there and deal with it. I often like to hear both sides of the story so that the proper way to handle the situation is used and therefore there isn't a big discrepancy. Also throughout this chapter, they touch upon different listening skills. After reading this chapter, I decided that from now on I'm going to do more
I am usually a good listener but sometimes I drift off and come back in at the end and just say 'Oh yeah.' I've been trying to deter from this which I think is working well. I am trying my best to stay focused when someone is talking and being more sincere.
'You Have Two Ears and One Mouth ... Hel-lo!'
Habit #6: Synergize
Throughout my life I have always known that doing tasks together as a team will help lead to success. One thing that really stuck out to me in this chapter was, 'He had strengths I didn't have and I had strengths he didn't have, so together we made a great team.' This particular quote meant a lot to me in reference to my partner and I. Evan has certain abilities that I don't have and vice versa. For example we make a force between the two of us because he is a great people person and public speaker and I am a good organzier. So together, we make a team that is able to prepare for anything; presentations, assemblies, you name it, we can do it because we compliment each other. Overall, this chapter was really interesting to read because it elaborated on teammork and that is what I live by.
'The "High" Way'
Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw
At the moment, I am trying to live by this chapter. There are four different types of renewing and strengthening techniques including; body, brain, heart and soul. For the most part, I live by all of these ways of renewing yourself. I am pretty active and enjoy the way I spend my time. I'm going to continue doing these things to ensure that I am happy. Happiness comes from these four components and I believe that is why I am striving so hard to fulfil these aspects so that I can continue to work on being happy. As Mr. Sleeth and many others say, 'You have to work to be happy.' I have learned this at a young age which I think will benefit me in the future and therefore I will hopefully end up a more joyful person.
'It's "Me" Time'