This post is a response to the LYL Start-a-Blog prompt “What’s your elevator pitch?”
My fourth entry to the Blogging Challenge is devoted to this prompt: “What’s one thing you’re proud of?”
Honestly, most of all I am proud of the Life I am currently building for myself… but I would leave it for a later writing… like half a year or even later than that.
Instead I will tell you about my efforts with Live Your Legend LOCAL. Maybe the current results after a year are still quite far from an actual success story and could even look more like a failure from the outside… But I am very proud of myself for stepping up to do it, glad to have the experiences and the learning that I accumulated over my first year at it…
What people thank me for… Ironically, at first this one has been even more hurting and painful than anger… I thought of writing a whole passage devoted on the topic of “how I have been feeling invisible”. But that’s not the point of the prompt, and my mood has changed over the last 24 hours, finally leaving that bitterness and anger behind and switching back to excitement and happiness.
However, I still had to think hard for some time to find what to write here.
Today’s writing prompt: “What really makes you angry about the world?”
Dale Carnegie used to say that anyone could become a great public speaker if they were angry enough. And when it comes to helping people and living your legend, starting with your biggest frustrations can open up a lot of ideas as to the difference you want to make. Think of what consistently makes you mad about the world and what you wish was different.
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.
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 […]