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Habits 6 and 7: Synergize and Sharpen the Saw - THE END!

Blogmother at the Disney Princess Half Marathon Expo- Sharpening the Saw!Whew Chile! Who would have thought it would take two months to read one book? WE FINISHED!

#ThankYouLawd! THis is our last post in our series on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey. I made a vow that no matter what random craziness went on at the beginning of 2013, I wouldn't veer off course until I finished this book. So. Glad. I. Did.

I have been given so many opportunities to practice the 7 Habits in the 8 weeks I've been reading it I don't know if the 7 Habits drew those learning opportunities to me or if i saw thos opportunities because I was reading the 7 Habits. In any case, I've learned some new things and have applied them to my daily interactions.

I would say Win/Win, Be Proactive, and Begin with the End in Mind have been my favorites up until this point. Habit 7 is the best  over all.

Habit 6 is Synergize - It basically means that when you cooperate with others you open yourself to infinite possibilities and the fact that someone is different from you  is a strength and not a weakness.

Valuing differences is what really drives synergy. Do you truly value the mental, emotional, and psychological differences among people? Or do you wish everyone would just agree with you so you could all get along? Many people mistake uniformity for unity; sameness for oneness. One word--boring! Differences should be seen as strengths, not weaknesses. They add zest to life. Steven Covey

 Around here, that should remind you of the Black Thought Police who seek to impose order by attempting to control what we do, say and even think. The beat out any differences and brand any dissent as heretitical. The irony is that the Black community ( and yes there is one) could benefit greatly from diversity of viewpoint, tactics and world views. Someone got miffed with me recently because the blog is called What About Our Daughters instead of What About Our Children - as if all children don't benefit from the interests of little Black girls being well served. We're different. That's a good thing. 

Habit 7 is Sharpen the Saw - Its about the need to constantly pause to renew yourself. To take care of yourself. Instead of hacking away at  a tree for hours, if you would take time to merely sharpen your tools you could finish faster and more efficiently. 

Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

Feeling good doesn't just happen. Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself. Steven Covey. 

And with that I'm finished!

Along the way of reading this book I crushed my previous 5K personal record and completed my first half marathon at the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando. If you missed all of the fun and festivities, we covered it thuroughly over on the WAOD Facebook Page. 

And now that this is out of the way, we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. There is foolishness to be combatted!

Reader Comments (2)

Congrats on finishing your first half marathon! I completed my first one last October, so I am a little bit familiar with the time and dedication it takes to train and complete a race. I have a lot of respect to anyone who trains and competes in endurance running.

Here's to becoming better in 2013 and beyond!

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAPA

selfishly, I will miss this. Over the 8 weeks I have re-visited these pages over and over again.
Thank you for helping me re-read this book in a manner I haven't before.

In the last 8 weeks, I was able to deploy some of the habits in situations which previously would have left me flailing or angry to the point of inaction.
And at points, I have recognised my failings quicker after the event. I am thankful for this and I have much work to do as I intend to revist these lessons repeatedly.

Good luck on your journey...
and goodbye.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterab

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