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A Book In Review

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The first habit listed by Stephen R. Covey, is to be proactive. He breaks down the word to create a simple reference, “response-able” means understanding that you are accountable for your life. Your behaviors are determined by you.
Viktor Frankl was placed into a Jewish concentration camp during WWII; he endured great misfortune during this period of his life. To cope with the experience he envisioned himself simply watching the catastrophic torture he would endure in an out-of-body type of experience. He discovered, “between stimulus and response, man was free to choose,” by this he meant he could escape the torture by realizing that he was in control of his own behaviors, not in his ...view middle of the document...

Reaching your goal would be considered management. As defined, it is the process of doing what is necessary or what you have envisioned pursuing to reach the goal. To separate the two, the author suggested creating a mission statement for the reader’s life. This mission statement provides a clear understanding of what life should consist of based on personal beliefs and values, and using this “road map” to guide your life’s path.

The four basic centers are the best approach because with these attributes will best assist in writing your life mission, as stated by Covey. Using your own self-awareness to accompany the path you envision for your own life at the center of your personal influence will produce the best results. The other alternative centers all have faults of their own accord; this is not the best method to be used in pursing your own personal path. These can all create their own problematic situations for a personal mission statement. These centers do not allow for proactivity because each has a potentially problematic point. In example, possession centeredness can essentially dissolve before your eyes being “lost, stolen, or devalued.”

The third habit states that our main focus should not, in fact, be time management. Having a structured schedule by time increments allows for things to go astray. He suggested to better understanding of what your priorities are by using the quadrants that he provided you can better manage your life; while still keeping your focus on your top priorities. The four quadrants can help the reader to assess where their time may actually be going, and enforces using the power of no. Understanding that we do not have to do everything, there’s more power in delegation than in a single individual for accomplishing goals. By utilizing his steps of “letting go” and allowing others to be incorporated it can produce highly effective results. While creating a clear understanding with the other individual of what the expected outcome, you can still achieve the ultimate goal. His life management approach also allows for unexpected situations to be handled as opposed to using time increments that may throw a wrench into the entire schedule. In reorganizing your priorities you can begin to follow this habit as you better understand what it means, “To put first things first.”

According to Habit 4 as stated by Covey, there is no one correct approach because it all depends on the reality of the situation. He states to be clear of what the reality actually is, not a twisted version of the actual truth. He further states the best option would be win/win for interdependent realities. Using any other options could have long term problems that will turn into lose/lose scenarios. If the reader approaches situations with win/win logic and it’s performed correctly by including all individuals that are involved; it allows for each to find their own accountability. Creating a win/win solution is helpful in many aspect of life,...

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