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March 23, 2012 / Dale Melchin

How to Progress on the Continuum (Crash course in using the 7 Habits) Part 5

At the core of the Human Person according to Dr. Covey is our paradigms.  They are located deep within us, in the human heart.  Many traditions say that the human person starts off in this life as shattered or broken.  The Seven Habits system simply puts it a different way by using the word dependent.

How do you get from one step to the next.


An individual must work and work hard, but they must work on the right things.  One has to progressively and over time change the way we see things.  We do that by making small commitments to ourselves and keeping them and making progressively larger ones.  After the character and integrity issues are resolved we have to begin working on the way we see things and how we relate to the world.  Its an upward spiral of personal growth.

The way you change your internal programming is different from how you were conditioned.

You do it through prayer, meditation, visualization, by constantly telling yourself the right things until they become part of who you are that is at the core of every major religion.  If you do it, you will succeed in achieving an even higher level of pro-activity.  However, I must warn you, if you tell yourself the wrong things, or you aren’t already proactive and self-aware or you simply fail to do the actual things you visualize, you will get into what’s called delusion, and that can become a problem and you may go right back to where you were at before, or worse.

However, if you are being proactive and self-aware, you can achieve a lot in a relatively short amount of time because you are working on the key areas of your life and aren’t simply putting out fires.  In essence, you are working on yourself and aligning yourself with life in such a way that you can handle it.

To conclude.  This was just intended to be a sharing of my insights from the 7 Habits Book.  Read it, learn it, live it, love it.  It is a system that works and will work for you if you put your best into it!



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  1. diasolifeontheborder / Mar 23 2012 2:52 pm

    I’ve found Covey’s suggestions helpful, even though I can’t say I always follow them.

    • Dale Melchin / Mar 24 2012 2:44 pm

      Well, I don’t think anyone follows them perfectly and he is just one of the many voices out in the ether on achieving success. I like his book because he breaks things down to the Nth degree and then puts it all back together for one to follow. I’m a systems guy so I like to know exactly how to achieve x y or z objective and he breaks it down that way for me. Self improvement is always a constant struggle, even if one has divine power backing them.

  2. ram0ram / Mar 23 2012 3:11 pm

    Reblogged this on ram0ram note book.

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