Let's Think of Ourselves as Infants Suckling the Nipple of Self-Improvement: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
I don't really remember a lot of my childhood. I spent so much time doing so many of the same activities (routine: breakfast, school, soccer practice, choir, watch TV, do worksheets) that I've lumped most of it all together into these still images of what I believe it was. I think part of the reason for that is that my body and mind were going through so much growing and learning that there wasn't necessarily room for things to stand out.
I was also a very quiet child, and I recently heard in a talk by Cole Hatter that we remember things better if we say them out loud. This is one of the reasons why affirmations work, saying encouraging things while looking at yourself in the mirror or just while being present encourages confidence and brings positivity your way.
I first read Steven Covey's book when Jake and I were living in Chicago, and I'm so excited to be returning to it. It's a self-help book entitled The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. We've actually written about it before, and I'm certain it will continue to surface in the future because it's the type of book that is designed to stay with you over time. While I wish I could unravel my paradigm overnight and find the source of my flaws and intricacies of my character, doing it soberly just takes time, and the effort to change is constant. However,
"Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment."
This sort of reassurance is what makes it worth it to me. I've already changed so much since I started studying self-improvement and business within the past year, and sometimes that's really hard. Lately I can actually see the distance between myself and my peers growing. There's a degree of separation that is the over-arching desire for growth and actively seeking the knowledge through books. But I truly believe, because of the sources where I get this information, that after this period of distance there will be enough room for the people who are working towards quality and who I can relate to.
Well to all of you coming along on this journey, godspeed. To all of you wondering whether to begin, I ask you this, why not? If the answer is fear, then in truth, you're no worse off than anyone who has tried and succeeded. Overcoming fear is how we make progress. I'm here for you.