11 Oct Timeless Principles from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

If you follow @tmacfitness on Instagram recently you have been seeing posts from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s my third time reading this classic and each time I walk away with something new. I highly recommend this book for those with a growth mindset.

What makes Stephen’s book a classic is that he writes about timeless principles. I love his breakdown of the differences between the Culture Tendency and Principled Reasoning. Let’s take a look the differences in these two tendencies in regard to BODY, MIND, HEART, and SPIRIT.

BODY:

Cultural Tendency: maintain lifestyle; treat health problems with surgery and medication.
Principled Reasoning: prevent disease and problems by aligning lifestyle to be in harmony with established, universally accepted principles of health.

MIND:

Cultural Tendency: watch television, “entertain me.”
Principled Reasoning: read broadly and deeply, continuous education.

HEART:

Cultural Tendency: use relationships with others to forward your personal, selfish interests.
Principled Reasoning: deep, respectful listening and serving others brings greatest fulfillment and joy.

SPIRIT:

Cultural Tendency: succumb to growing secularism and cynicism.
Principled Reasoning: recognize that the source of our basic need for meaning and of the positive things we seek in life is principles–which natural laws I personally believe have their source in God.



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