It is what you do with what you know that matters. Knowledge alone is not power, knowledge is only potential power. Knowledge alongside correct action is power.

Implementation (mastery) versus information overload is how you will reap rewards. #LiveFree

I am currently listening and riding around with the audio version of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. This program is an absolute gem for around 10 bucks! Seriously, 10 bucks. Invest in yourself.

What is a habit? Dr. Covey defines a habit as the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire. Knowledge being the theoretical, skill being the technique, and desire being the motivation. Dr. Covey eludes to 7 of these habits throughout the program, but I am only going to focus on 1 here: The Habit of Proactivity.

Being Proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. Proactive people recognize that they are “response-able.”

Dr. Covey continues: Instead of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control, proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control. The problems, challenges, and opportunities we face fall into two areas–Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence.

Being proactive means focusing your actions on your Circle of Influence, aka the things you can control. Being reactive is the polar opposite, focusing on items on which you have little or no control over.

Action Steps:

  1. Become self-aware by asking yourself where do you spend most of your time, in your Circle of Concern or your Circle of Influence?

  2. For the next week, tally each day when making decisions if you are focusing on what you can control, or on that which is out of your control.

  3. End of week review – see where your focus lies and make a personal goal to solely focus on your circle of concern.

All credit to Dr. Stephen Covey – thank you.