Table Of Contents
Chapter 1: Stephen Covey’s Timeless Model
Chapter 2: Analyzing the Seven Habits Chapter 3: Seven Habits for Enhancing Personal Relationships
Chapter 4: Seven Habits for Enhancing Your Professional Life
Chapter 5: Seven Habits to Enhance Your Health
Chapter 6: Learning the Game of Living Successfully
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Millions of people around the world make New Year resolutions to do healthy things the year round, but then forget that they had even made such a resolution by January 31st of that year! They do not even pursue their health determinations for the whole month, forget the year. So, why does this happen? Why do people not carry out their plans to live in a healthy manner?
If this is a problem with you as well, then the third habit can definitely help you. You have to begin with the end in mind.
Think about your goals when you are embarking on a healthy life. What is it that you are trying to achieve? What are trying to get by living healthy? There should be some short term and long term incentives for you. When you have such incentives in mind, you find that it is easier to stick to your determination.
For example, if you are trying to lose weight, you could make a short term incentive of fitting in one-size tighter jeans by the month-end. Actually, go to the store and buy the sexiest, most expensive jeans you can find which is one size tighter than what you normally wear. Don’t hesitate in making the purchase. After all, you have created a solid determination within yourself, haven’t you?
Then go home and hang the jeans in the prime position in your wardrobe. You will see how this proves highly effective in your endeavor of losing weight.
When you are on the treadmill and want to step down after 3 minutes, all you have to do is to think about that jeans hanging in your wardrobe and you will move along faster. When you think you will order that sizzling brownie in the café, you will suddenly remember the jeans you spent so much on and desist. Just because you created an ‘end’, you do not want to give up.
This is a short term incentive. But you can plan long term incentives as well. We have seen some amazing examples throughout history. Louis Braille comes to mind.
The person who lost his vision wanted to ‘see’ and he succeeded in a way. He prepared the first script for the visually challenged people. Sudha Chandran, a popular dancer from India who lost her leg wanted to continue her dancing career. She saw herself on stage and kept her determination high.
She was one of the first people to get fitted with a prosthetic foot in India and continued her passion for dance. She went on to win several accolades for her dancing prowess, and the world forgot that one of her feet wasn’t what she was born with.
These are people who have not allowed anything to shake them from their path of self-enhancement. Why could that happen? That happened because they visualized the end. They actually saw themselves doing the things that the world said they could not do.
They saw their victories so strongly that they followed through with their passion with reverent zeal.
You are no different. Whatever your health setback is, do not worry. There are people who have overcome all their limitations and created records for themselves.
Think about what you want to achieve. In fact, think about it so hard that it becomes a real thing for you. It could just be a ‘moment’, but you have to make it real within your mind. When you think about such a real moment, your entire life is automatically going to reorient itself in a direction of achievement.
Habit 4 for Enhancing Health
Even when you are thinking about your own health, there are situations in which you could think in a win-win manner. Think about it. Suppose you have a family. Now, when you are taking stock of your health situation, it is not affecting just yourself.
You are also benefiting your family by doing so. You are getting fitter and healthier, which means you can do more things for your family as well. So, your health is not as personal a thing as you think. There are other people who are influenced by what you do about it.
This is more significant in a relationship between two partners living together, and those who are dependent on each other for physical, material and spiritual reasons. Ill health of one of the partners can affect the other partner seriously.
Hence, it becomes very important that both partners take their health seriously. In fact, with partners the best thing is that they can embark on a healthy journey together. This really helps because both of them get support from each other while they are planning to live healthy and things become more interesting. The slightly competitive edge that that brings in is also good for health!
But, I should exhort you to think in broader terms. When you are thinking about your health constructively, it is not just you and your family that is benefited. You should think more than that. Your being healthy can have a positive effect on the world at large. Why not? You have a job, a business, whatever. You are doing your best with it. You are benefiting a lot of people with the products or services that you are offering.
Should you offer even a slight health malady to cheat your loyal people of the things that you can give them? By spoiling your health, you are lowering your productiveness at work, and this is tantamount to belying the trust of people who have placed their faith in you. That is a wide outlook, but a really serious one. People who have a responsibility towards society think of it this way.
What would happen if a head of state or an entrepreneur running a business that employs thousands of people or a popular film star on whom millions are riding on fall sick? The entire affairs of the state, company or the film could be in a mess. When you are at a position of power, you have to act more responsibly as well.
Habit 5 for Enhancing Health
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Throughout your journey in life, you will find that the better you try to understand people, the healthier you can be. We are not just talking about physical health here. Health encompasses your mental framework as well.
If you are more comfortable with the people around you; if you can understand what these people mean and what they are looking for, then you will have a better idea about yourself as well. You will find that you can live in a more contented and satisfied manner just because you sought to understand people.
Also, think about understanding your health situation. Can you do anything about your health as long as you are in denial? You cannot! You have to first understand that something wrong is happening with you, something that you have to take care of. When you do that, only then will you be able to take better control of the situation.
So, try to understand… understand the world, understand the people around you, understand yourself. It is only with this enlightenment that you will be able to master your body and mind in a better way.
Habit 6 for Enhancing Health Synergize.
Synergizing in the health context implies seeking better support and help from the people around you. It also means trying to form a closer relationship with your own body and mind, which helps you become a controller of them. When you are trying to give your health a truly positive direction, this is a very important thing to do.
You could falter in your journey towards good health if you don’t have good support from your family and friends. You need to tell them what you are trying to do and then get help and assistance from them. Even a mere word of support from them could mean a lot to you.
Synergize with your doctor as well. What do they tell you about maintaining your health? These are people who are ready to work with you, especially the doctors you know you and have taken care of you for a while. They will give you the best advice if you want to take better control of your health.
But, the most important being that you have to synergize with is yourself. You have to know what your body needs, what your body is comfortable doing, what your body’s capacity is, what your mental needs are, what makes you happy and what makes you sad, etc. these are the things you need to realize, and then you have to do the best you can to give your body and mind the exact things that they are looking for… things that can keep you healthier.Other Details
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