Principles of Life

Tuesday 15th of September 2009 09:01:31 PM

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Three private victory habits

  • Be pro-active (transform ourselves into men and women of integrity)
  • Begin with the end in mind (e.g., the purpose of your life or an important project)
  • Put first things first


  • Q1: Things to which you absolutely must attend
  • Q2: High leverage activities; important but not urgent:
    • planning
    • preparation
    • prevention
    • relationship-building
    • reading
    • improving professional knowledge
    • exercise
    • etcetera, etcetera.
  • Q3: Things that consume your time but do not contribute towards your goals
  • Q4:

Put habits 1, 2 and 3 together giving you the ultimate success formula: get your mind right, define what is important, then organise your life to maximise your quadrant 2 efforts.

Four public victory habits

  • Think win/win (finding solutions that will truly benefit both sides of a dispute), that is, reciprocity/mutualism (see the social interaction matrix below)
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Synergize (when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts)
  • Sharpen the saw (engage in the exercise of the 4 dimensions which make up the human condition):

    • body
    • mind
    • spirit
    • inter-personal

The 8th habit:

  • Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs:
    • Recognize and develop your true nature
    • Express your voice through vision, discipline, passion and conscience

Six cancers (C's) that inhibit people's greatness:

  • Cynicism
  • Crictism
  • Comparing
  • Competing
  • Complaining
  • Contending

Classification of types of social interactions

  You Gain You Lose
Other Person Gains Reciprocity/Mutualism Altruism
Other Person Loses Selfishness Spite