The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, is a self-help book written by Stephen R. Covey. It has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages worldwide, and the audio version has sold 1.5 million copies, and remains one of the best selling nonfiction business books.
The approach continues to be pertinent in every day life at work and at home. Buyers Meeting Point will be reviewing each of the Seven Habits over the next few months.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
We have all heard the phrase - if you don't take care of yourself who will? As adults, with so much on our plates, we feel like if we work longer, faster, harder, we will be better off overall. Too bad we are human and get worn out, tired and discouraged. Steven Covey had great approach in Habit 7 to renew and restore that energy to allow us to move to even greater achievements.
There are four areas in Habit 7 that need attention in order to maintain a balance for all of us.
Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service
Many organizations are implementing wellness programs to help with the physical component. Of course it is up to the associate to participate. The other areas are just as important and make such a difference.
Do you have any examples of how this was a beneficial habit for you personally or professionally? What have you found when applying this practice?