Check out these seven priorities to being highly effective in what you do while adapting to change and while taking advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
Survival preparedness is marginally to do with supplies and preps, while true survival and preparedness has much to do with one’s ability to adapt to change.
1. BE PROACTIVE
Your life doesn’t just “happen.” Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by YOU. You choose. You make choices in EVERY new situation.
Take responsibility for your life. Don’t blame anything or anyone else. Period. External forces create new situations, and it is up to you to make a corresponding decision or choice of action (or not).
Instead of being reactive to things out of your control, be proactive with things that are in your control.
2. BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
Use your imagination. Envision the end goal. Just as a building follows a blueprint, your physical creation will follow your mental creation. You’re doing it twice. First in your mind, then you’re making it happen.
You must visualize the end result, and the steps to get there. Without knowing where you want to end up, you will never quite get there…
3. PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST
Focus on your highest priorities. Don’t overextend yourself. It’s alright to say NO, and focus on your priorities.
This is life management (as well as time management) – your purpose, values, roles, and priorities. Focus on YOU.
4. THINK WIN-WIN
Win-win sees life as cooperation; a frame of mind that seeks mutual benefits in interactions rather than a winner/loser. Both parties get to eat a piece of the pie.
Don’t think in terms of “either/or”, think in terms of what works for both parties.
Note: This philosophy may not hold water in some areas (sports, contests, competition, battle, etc.) but it is of value when it comes to business, relationships, bargaining, bartering, society, civilization, etc.
5. SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD
So many people talk-talk-talk. How many listen? Most people first seek to be understood; to get their point across first. Many will ignore what the other is saying or pretend to be listening, or have ‘selective’ hearing…
Most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand.
Instead, seek first to understand.
Teamwork and open-mindedness. Its’ a process that brings peoples experience, expertise, and ideas together in order to produce better results than from just one person.
When people begin to interact together genuinely, and they’re open to each other’s influence, they begin to gain new insight. The capability of inventing new approaches is increased exponentially because of differences. Valuing differences is what really drives synergy.
7. SHARPEN THE SAW
Sharpening the saw means preserving and enhancing your greatest asset… YOU.
Your physical well being. Your social well being. Your mental well being. Your spiritual well being.
Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting. Making social and meaningful connections with others. Learning, reading, writing, and teaching. Spending time in nature, expanding your spiritual self.
Feeling good doesn’t just happen. Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself. It’s all up to you.
I have summarized the information above based on a business best-seller book written by Stephen Covey, and although it is written for business leadership – it encompasses a personal effectiveness for any life endeavor.
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