I want to walk through two visualization exercises today. The first exercise is going to be unpleasant, but I’ll ask you to bear with me through it, because the second exercise will be much more enjoyable. Try to stick with each exercise for at least a few minutes, and really put yourself into the scenario. The more vividly you can place yourself into the situation, the more powerful the exercises will be.
When I was in high school, I was a percussionist in the marching band. Though I don’t play music much anymore, except for the occasional bit of piano, my role in the band was a huge part of my identity back then. I prided myself on being a good musician and leader, and I took those roles very seriously.
I’m a morning person. I like to get up early, have a cup of coffee, and read. By the time I’ve read for about 20 minutes, I’ve usually shaken the last bit of sleepiness, and I work a bit on my personal growth and other goals for the day. Getting up before the rest of the world keeps me from being distracted from my work, and it’s my favorite way to prioritize personal goals by literally putting them first. Continue reading “Why and How to Be an Early Riser”
Today, we’re switching gears and doing our first book review! Our subject is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (affiliate link), widely considered to be his magnum opus. The book is a self-help and business book that was wildly successful when it was first published back in 1989, and it’s stood the test of time as well. As of this writing, the Kindle and paperback versions of the book are the number 18 and 19 best-selling self help books on Amazon. I think the book’s reputation is spot on. It was absolutely full of great material.
We touched on the basic framework of Covey’s book back when we talked about the maturity continuum. There, we talked about dependence, independence, and interdependence, and how the most accomplished and successful people are those who work to move up the continuum from dependence to interdependence. With these definitions, Covey walks through the seven essential habits that you need to make the transition in every area of your life from dependence to interdependence.
The most fundamental ingredient to achieving your dreams is the mastery of your own psychology. You have the potential to be both your greatest ally and your worst enemy. Understanding this, and using it to your advantage, is essential to success. When you learn to conquer the mental blocks that stop you before you get started, your path to success becomes clear. This is both foundational and the most difficult step in becoming the person you aspire to be.