Take the time to focus on your physical, intellectual, social and spiritual self. We are all in a state of entropy and only consistent and continued refinement and attention to all of these areas will ensure an upward spiral of growth, change, and continuous improvement in ourselves and our relationships. Learn to take care of yourself and continue to sharpen your saw.
Emphasising the importance of self awareness before successful engagement with your partner, the model is a process of learning new habits to create personal and interpersonal effectiveness.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Physical)
Habit 7 is about self renewal or continuous improvement, its about looking after yourself and to overcome entropy, and many of us have to learn to take time to look after ourself. Stephen Covey suggests consistent and continued refinement and attention to all of the following four areas in our lives: 1. Physical; 2. Intellectual; 3. Social and 4. Spiritual.
Often we find we live our lives narrowly focusing on work or home. The daily grind becomes our focus to the exclusion of others.
Attempting to balance exercise, nutrition and stress management are vital for effective functioning of mind and body. Try not to get caught up in the demands of life (or even developing the Habits) that we forget ourselves and our marriage. Be proactive and consider maintaining good physical for your marriage. “We are the instruments of our own performance, and to be effective, we need to recognize the importance of taking time to regularly sharpen the saw in”.
Tune in next week for more on Habit 7.
Reference: Covey, Stephen R., The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, 1989, Fireside, New York.
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