HABIT 1 - BE PROACTIVE
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.
Habit 1 Defined - Being a PROACTIVE person.
Circle of Concern vs. Circle of Influence
Instead of spending time and effort on things that are not under their control, proactive people focus their energy on things that they can control. Covey says that things we can affect are found in our "Circle of Influence." Things that we have little or no control over fall into our "Circle of Concern", which is to say that it concerns us, but we can't do anything about it. Being truly proactive means that we commit our efforts to the things in our Circle of Influence. We can't control what others say and do, but we CAN control our actions and behaviors.
Let's see an example: John and Janet are both failing Algebra. John constantly complains about Mr. George. He has been to see Mr. George several times, saying things like, "I just can't get this. I'm no good at math," and "Why can't you teach me better?" He has blamed his teacher, his intelligence, and even his genetics, but what has he actually done to help his situation?
Janet has taken a different approach. She went out and found a tutor to help her learn better strategies. She asked Mr. George for some more work for practice. She committed to spending more time in the evenings to algebra practice.
Who do you think will improve their algebra grade?