My Journey through 7 Habits

So much has happened in the past seven days that I have a lot to choose from. That said, I’ll keep this brief. In addition to the items I listed last week, another idea I have for my blog is to write about how the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (7 Habits) by Stephen Covey planted seeds that are starting to germinate. 

I first learned about 7 Habits in 2013. I was working at a community college and my boss wanted me to become certified to teach the course to faculty members and staff. I wasn’t familiar with the concepts, though, so I thought it would be a good idea to read the book. Right away, the poignancy and clarity of the book cut through a lot of positive self-help texts I’d read before. I’m an avid reader and the more I read, the less I’m impressed or moved by a book – especially nonfiction. Even if it moves me in the moment, after I’ve finished the book it loses some of its draw. 

But I really wanted to finish this book. And I think I’ve started it at least half a dozen times. Sometimes I’ve done the exercises. But I normally put it down and don’t finish. Well, I wanted to do something different this time and actually finish, and listening to the audiobook seemed to do the trick. I’m about 90% done with the text and I’m very proud of myself for almost finishing. 

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