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CLTC 2: 7 Habits in 12 Days

Posted on 06/28/2012 @ 06:43 PM

One of the main things we have learned here at CLTC is leadership. Specifically, habits that make up the character of a "good leader". For the past 10 days we have been learning about the 7 Habits of Effective Teens in great depth.

We started with the first three habits that pertained to part one of a famous Hillel quote, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?". These habits included: 1-Be Proactive, 2-Begin with the End in Mind, and 3-Put First Things First. The first habit involves being proactive versus reactive in a situation. The second, having a definite goal in mind to achieve. Finally, the third, is about prioritizing. The way these habits pertain to part one of Hillel's message is that they have the common theme of being careful and aware of one's actions and them selves, because we, as individuals, are the only ones who can control our choices.

The next three habits were explained via the middle phrase of Hillel's message being, "If I am only for myself, what am I?". The fourth habit being: Think Win Win deals with working with others to obtain a shared victory. The fifth, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, emphasizes the importance of hearing and considering what others wish to say, then respond to their statement. Synergizing, which is the sixty habit talks of how we can take advantage of our own strengths and weaknesses in order to work together towards a greater common goal. These penultimate habits, involve the need for the individual to exercise their abilities to work together as a team, which goes well with Hillel's statement on how we should remember to still help others, not just ourselves.

Last, but most certainly not least, the final part of Hillel's quote: "If not now, when?" matches perfectly with the seventh and final habit: Sharpening the Saw (not literally though). In this case, to sharpen the saw means to take time for ourselves to rest both physically, socially(emotionally), mentally, and spiritually so we may continue to have the ability to care for ourselves and others too. In other words, we should plan accordingly so we may continue to have time to help ourselves and our community.

In these twelve days, these seven habits have become more than guidelines in a little blue book; they are part of a way of life anyone should try to apply to themselves. For me, these habits might just be the thing to improve my relationships with others, my relationship with myself, and to help me discern when I should work and rest.

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