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I want to talk to you about a personal development plan. John Maxwell in his book "15 Invaluable Laws of Growth" starts out in the beginning by asking, what is your personal development plan? I had the opportunity last year to spend the entire 12 months working with Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", and as a result of that research I was involved in working with another coach. We've come up with a workshop based on Covey's 7 habits that I've been introducing this year. I want to take these next several weeks to introduce you to the workshop and also explain Covey's 7 habits. As a personal development plan I think it's an excellent opportunity to consider because it's going to affect both your personal and professional life.
I'll state Covey’s Habits real quick right now. The first habit was "be proactive", the second was "begin with the end in mind", the third habit was "put first things first". Covey summarizes those first three habits to say those are private victories, and we develop our expertise in those particular habits in order to become independent because for us to become independent sets us up for the next three habits.
Habit 4 is "think win-win", habit five is "seek first to understand, and then be understood", and habit six is "synergize". What's important about those three habits is those are what he called public victories, so they involve more than just us. So we have to become independent, in other words, master the first three habits in order to become interdependent in order for us to be the most effective.
The final habit, which he called "sharpen the saw" basically he drew a little picture of this and he said that the seventh habit really encompasses all of the other six, and it's basically about taking self-care, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. So make sure that you renew yourself on all four of those domains.
I'm going to spend the new few weeks talking to you about one habit at a time, but I wanted to give you a summary of the whole picture right up front. If you have the opportunity, I strongly encourage you to get an Audible account and listen to Stephen Covey read his book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People". I find no matter when I listen to it, I always pick up something new from it. It's quite a lengthy book so it's really hard to sit down and listen to at one point in time, but if you take the time and listen to a section here or there you're going to pick something up and it's actually going to help you.
I hope this has been helpful, and I look forward to sharing the next seven weeks with you. Again, thanks for your time, I'm Dr. John Beiter, Executive Coach and Psychologist.