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Few Habits of Highly Effective People: Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw
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The 7th habit of "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey is sharpening the saw for balanced self-renewal. Sharpening the saw means prioritizing your well-being—physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional—by taking the time out of the structural routine to strengthen, replenish and renew yourself.
Oftentimes, people become too fixated on order and hectic schedules that they forget to pause, assess the state of their well-being and replenish themselves to continue on the road of endurance. However, our mental, physical, spiritual and social/emotional capacities are just like a saw; when we overwork ourselves, we wear ourselves down.
Thus, we need to sharpen our skills and senses just like we would sharpen a saw—for optimum performance! Sharpening the saw can mean taking a break from things, meditating, praying, practicing a skill, reading, exercising, enjoying leisurely activities, researching different ways to conduct something, seeking guidance, asking for help, taking a nap or self-reflecting in a journal. Methods for sharpening the saw can be different for different people.
Too often we hear ourselves say, "I just don't have time for that right now! I need to stick to my schedule. I'm too busy to take a vacation."
As much as we respect our jobs, our commitments and other people, we must also respect ourselves by investing in our personal development for sustained longevity.
It is important to occasionally make time within our busy schedules to assess our situation in order to recognize our personal needs.
From this acknowledgment, we can begin to sharpen and renew ourselves appropriately.
As Stephen Covey states, "Renewal is the principle–and the process-that empowers us to move on an upward spiral of growth and change, of continuous improvement."
The seventh habit is what makes all the other habits possible!


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