Over a decade ago I came across a book that helped me get onto a positive path. It not only helped make me a better person but also steered me towards developing positive habits. These habits radiated around me and permeated into the lives of people whose paths crossed mine. The book is Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
I am sure you have come across this book or have heard great things about it. So I won’t give away everything as I feel it is a gem and a must have but I will share a few takeaways.
Be Proactive – Unlike the traditional definition of seeing what’s going to happen seven steps ahead, being proactive is about taking control of a situation instead of letting it control you. Being proactive also means making a conscience decision about the circle of people you associate yourself with. For me, it is important to be in the company of people that are real, loyal, have a take-charge attitude and are self-driven. To grow and embody being proactive in my life, I learned to let go of what is outside of my control and focus my energy on being a part of a solution instead of a problem.
Begin with the End in Mind – The second habit is all about leadership and management. We all have this misconception that leadership and management is the same when in fact they are not. Management is doing things right whereas leadership is doing the right things. The best way to achieve this is by creating a personal mission statement where you can measure your achievements and progress.
Think Win-Win – This is my favorite habit I picked up from the book and it’s all about interpersonal leadership. One of the key factors I found to be the reason of my achieving success at a fortune 500 company was establishing respect and trust within my team. Doing this made us all work as a single unit striving towards a common goal. When you achieve this, the end result is everyone wins.
Do you have any books that you recommend which have had a profound and positive effect on your life?