If you haven’t read the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People yet, do. Fast. Go grab your copy from amazon here. Then settle in, open your mind, and bust out a highlighter.. well only if you are as crazy as me.
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Naturally I am a planner and naturally organized person, so I really loved this book. But the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People put a new spin on everything for me. From life planning, family planning, and determining the person you want to be.
Have you ever actually thought about that? The kind of person you want to be? What you want others to say about you when you’re gone? It’s really interesting to actually sit down and write down the characteristics you want to exude and have people remember you by. Then compare it to your current actions and check if they line up.
This book helps you streamline who you want to be as a wife, mother, father, sister, brother, employee, etc. The qualities you cherish and the life you want to lead. Creating a personal mission statement to review daily and remind you of this can really help you react the way you want in high stress situations.
For instance, do you feel like you are constantly yelling and nagging your kids? A daily reminder that you want to be the mom that listens and reacts calmly will pop into your head in those heat of the moment times. What you think you attract. Re-training your brain to focus on what you design and remind yourself of what you WANT to be vs what you MAY be.
From there it jumps into how to organize your life, your day, and your hours. How to determine what is a priority and needs to be done versus what can be delegated. I loved this part. My littles are small enough that I implement the practices as they grow up. The way to set them up for success in life with how you structure the family mission statement and the expectations you have for them. There is great advice on how to work with them to develop habits for chores that allow them to realize its a responsibility to the family vs just work mom says to do.
All in all this book is wonderful for everyone. Dads, moms, working people, college students, anyone and everyone who has the desire to have purpose in their life and be productive.
My personal opinion is that 7 Habits of Highly Successful People is not a read once, put down, and forget about it. Its one you go back to for guidance and reminders. There are so many WONDERFUL pearls of wisdom and suggestions that will need to be reinforced often. I used a highlighter on passages that really struck a note, and page markers (those little tabs used in business to tell people where to sign) to mark items I felt were important. This way I can quickly flip through and get a refresher and refocus.
I seriously bought the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People for four people for Christmas after reading it! You won’t be disappointed.
What great books have you read and recommended to others?