Welcome back my friends! In this episode of the Derate the Hate podcast, the 2nd in a mini-series on the book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Dr. Stephen Covey, I am giving a brief overview of habits 1 and 2. I am Wilk from WilksWorld.com, and as I've stated on more than plenty of occasions, my life would not be what it is without this book by Dr. Covey.
In Episode 12 I talked about the first habit, being proactive, and gaining the understanding that we as individuals have the power to react to the circumstances in our life. We are responsible, "able" to choose how we "respond" to the things we face in life and it is up to us, as individuals to make the best of the situations we are presented with.
In this episode, we briefly venture in to habits 2 and 3 of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" Habit 2 can be thought of as the Leadership habit, "Begin with the End in Mind". I talk about a visualization exercise that Dr. Covey uses when explaining habit 2. Habit 2 involves developing a mission statement, a personal value system for your life by which you will live today with the ultimate goal of excellent things. Leadership and management are very different things, and beyond of the scope of this single podcast, but Dr. Covey does a fantastic job of differentiating the 2 in his book.
Habit 3 is then the management habit. "Put First Things First". Imagine a square, separated into 4 quadrants, the top left being urgent and important, the top right being important but not urgent, the bottom left being urgent but not important and finally the bottom right being not urgent and not important. By gaining an understanding of this graphic, you begin to understand that quadrant one is all problems and crisis, quadrant 4 has nothing of value and everything in life of real importance falls in quadrant 2. This is only briefly covered in this podcast, but is described in much better detail in Dr. Covey's book, and will likely be covered in greater detail in coming episodes of this podcast.
Our good news story of the week is about a former high school football standout and former Marine from Michigan by the name of Phillip Blanks. Mr. Blanks was in the right place at the right time and sprang in to action instinctively when a young woman was forced to throw her young child off a 3rd floor balcony during an apartment fire. Unfortunately the mother did not survive, but thanks to the quick action of Phillip Blanks, he was able to make a diving catch and saved the toddler from hitting the ground. This baby is safe thanks to this courageous young man and thank God for his heroic actions. Good job Phillip Blanks, keep being the hero you are!! See the article and video here.
We'll continue our mini-series on "The Seven Habit's of Highly Effective People" next week, so until then, be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!