The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen Covey
Habit # 1 - Proactivity • As human beings we are responsible for our lives. • Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.
Characteristics of Proactive People • They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. • Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice.
Reactive Language There’s nothing I can do. That’s just the way I am. He makes me so mad. They won’t allow that. I have to do that. I can’t. I must. If only. Proactive Language Let’s look at our alternatives. I can choose a different approach. I control my own feelings. I can create an effective presentation. I will choose an appropriate response. I choose. I prefer. I will. Proactive vs. Reactive
Determinism Genetic Determinism – Your grandparents did this to you. Psychic Determinism – Your parents did it to you. Environmental Determinism – Your surroundings did this to you.
Victor Frankl • If you have a why, you can live through any what.
Exercise Think about a frustrating situation that you have experienced. List two ways that you could deal with the situation in a REACTIVE manner and two ways that you could deal with the situation in a PROACTIVE manner.
Your Strengths Take 3 minutes to write down a list of your strengths
Strengths (cont.) Make a chart like the one below: I am: I have used this strength to: 1.__________________________________ 2.__________________________________ 3.__________________________________ 4.__________________________________ 5.__________________________________ 6.__________________________________