This habit is closely related to the concept that everything is created twice: first in our thoughts, and then in the outside world. In many cases, the first creation is implicit or done by default. It can be a product of thoughts, beliefs and world views of other people. The habit of beginning with the end in mind brings to our attention the right and responsibility to shape the first creation ourselves.
Once again I would like to follow an inspiration and an example of Chris Guillebeau and participate in the fun that is annual review. I have told many of my friends that I tend to overlook and underestimate my achievements on any given scale, having ideas and ideals which are always out of my reach, and I find enumerating all of the accomplishments very satisfying, often discovering some surprises in the process.
Proactivity is the first habit of the Seven Habits. From the title it may seem to be a very simple concept, but this is only the surface impression. As with all other habits in the book, the knowledge that it encompasses is much broader than can be transferred through one name.
The main idea of proactivity is that there is a gap between the external stimuli and our responses to them. Whenever something happens to us, we have the opportunity to make a choice. This is valid both for external responses (our actions and words) as well for internal responses (feelings and thoughts)…
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to return to the beginning. I have bought a new copy of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey, one of the first books that put me on the self-development path, got me really interested in the personal and interpersonal psychology. I am reading […]
Days 20 & 21:
- Took a couple of attentive listenings to the synthesized version.
- Made a few tweaks to the piece, including a small one at the switch into “intro” part, and another one just before “outro” part.
- Went through the piece several times playing it on the guitar, learning the parts as well as getting an overall feeling for the composition – I feel very god about the current state!
- Listened to the synthesized sound of the score and took notes of the places that could be improved and about my general impressions about the piece (that’s actually how I have been starting many days, not just this one).
- As I started to look for the ways of improvement, I noticed that the parts that needed improvement were actually referring to the earlier ones, but not fully, so I extended the reference – and this act improved the general feeling about the piece as well.
- Removed a part that seemed redundant.