This is an ongoing series of posts from my reading of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“. I read for 10 minutes each morning, and make a quick post about what I learned.
In my reading today I got to where each habit is explained in detail. The first part of the book is an overview of the 7 habits, and today I read the first few pages of the first habit, “Be Proactive”.
Covey begins this section by pointing out the most important principle of the nature of man:
Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose.
This fact, when fully understood, takes away any external excuse we may have used for years to explain away our weaknesses and failures. It’s very sobering, and it’s extremely difficult to look deep inside ourselves and really take responsibility for every decision in our lives. Covey explains that while our genes, upbringing, and life experiences obviously contribute to who we are and what we’ve done, in the end, where we are today is simply the sum of every decision we’ve ever made- good or bad.
The upside is that no matter where we are today, we can defeat our demons and weaknesses, and completely change and control our own future.