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 […]