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Book Title: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: Personal Workbook|
The author of the book: Sean Covey
Edition: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Date of issue: January 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9781416547747
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 522 KB
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I read this book first in high school youth group. Then years later I taught it to my intensive reading classes for two years. This book is an amazing blueprint for teaching executive skills and the 'grit' of emotional resilience that is so valuable in helping young people grow to become successful adults. Developing your own social and emotional intelligence should not be overlooked! This book is the type of investment worth making for teens - these are the hidden skills of success worth cultivating!
Chapter 1 on Paradigms and Principles highlights the importance of our thoughts. It's something that seems like common sense, but research by Carol Dweck about growth mindset is reaffirming this idea. How we perceive ourselves and the world around us impacts what we are capable of. Our paradigms of thoughts matter!
Chapter 2 is about the personal bank account. As a family member who served a caretaker role for a terminally ill brother and mother at different times, I know how important it is to practice self care and to build up a "personal bank account" of thoughts and energy investment. To help others we have to have our own needs met on a sustainable level.
Chapter 3 is called "Be Proactive". This is perhaps the most important habit in the modern era. It is too easy to be a casual observer in the age of screens and easy entertainment. Being proactive is the counter to being sucked into a world of phone apps that want us to endlessly entertain ourselves and not strive towards goals. Even if you know you should be proactive, this is a great reminder to take charge, plan, and put effort into our goals.
"Begin with the End in Mind" is the type of habit in chapter 4 that I am working with in my life right. In planning how to market my book releasing in April and spend the time I have available to invest in my career, I try to begin with the end in mind and use backmapping. If I visualize my goal and what I want, I am better at taking appropriate actions to get there. I know I want to reach families like mine with my writing - those affected by myotonic muscular dystrophy. With that end in mind, I take small actions each day to help maximize the book's impact on the readers who need it.
Chapter 5 is "Put first things first" - the anti-procrastination habit. We are each given 24 hours in a day and no one has more time. I have to prioritize what choose to invest in. I could spend all my time on social media and that might be enjoyable and somewhat productive, but then other parts of my life and goals would suffer. This is a great chapter to reread with the new year as goal setting and ranking is one of the best ways to help put first things first. Having written and visible goals gives us a good visual reminder of what we mean to put first, which is pretty easy to forget in the white noise of screens.
One of my favorite chapters is "Think Win-Win". My husband and I have talked about this concept often in our marriage. It is important to go about looking for mutually beneficial solutions when we have possible items for disagreement in our marriage. As educators this is one of the paradigms we have to employ to help motivate our students. It is important to be successful in relationships that we try to offer something in return for what we get. I've learned that if we have the ability to offer something good and do it with a genuine earnest that the returns are more fruitful than the effort cost us. I want my book to be a win-win by benefiting the reader and helping me reach my goals.
Habit five is to "seek first to understand, then to be understood". The most important advice my last boss gave me before I moved on to my next job was "listen more than you talk." It's hard to not let my ego or my need to feel heard dominate a conversation or my time with someone. A saying in education that works well in many relationships is that "they don't care what you know until they know that you care." To help people know we care, we have to help them feel understood.
Habit six is about synergy and celebrating diversity and balance to create greater gains and outcomes. We are greater together than we are apart and in working with others who have varied skill sets we accomplish far greater than we could alone.
The last habit is perhaps the most important - sharpen the saw. The body, brain, heart, and soul are the four highlighted components to sharpen and rejuvenate your vitality. My favorite way to sharpen the saw is to write. For me, writing is healing, and reading is a way to explore worlds and escape in free exploration of emotions and creativity. I hope that From My Mother will allow some families with genetic or terminal disease to sharpen the saw and renew their hope and hearts for what is to come. It might be a good story for you! Check out http://darcyleech.com/books for more information!
Even reading this book as an adult teaching it to teenagers, I found the reading easy, enjoyable and a good reminder for skills and habits too easy to forget!
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