Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Impressions of Highly Effective Habits

It's no secret, I've been a huge fan of Self Help books and absorbing the wisdom of those who have lived before me, since the time I was very small. The late Stephen R. Covey, was no exception and as I benefited from his words and wisdom for many years, I wanted to take a few moments to share a handful of the habits I found most useful in applying The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It is in this way I wish to honor a great man who left a significant mark on the world and impacted a great many lives.

Be Proactive
Once I learned to take 100% responsibility for my life and stop blaming my surroundings for my successes or failures, I just did my personal best and learned to accept that as 100% perfect. Covey taught me there are 3 kinds of problems: 

  1. Those I have total control over. 
  2. Those I have some control over. 
  3. Those I have no control over. 

This being said, I am still 100% responsible for the way I react to something. 

Begin With the End in Mind
Developing a personal mission statement and knowing where I'm headed has been life-changing. It's hard to hit your goal if you don't know where you're going. 
"Love others and connect with them while reaching my full potential."
- My Personal Mission Statement 
Everything I do, whether it's art, writing, blogging, or whatever, lines up with this purpose. No one benefit's from being at odds with themselves.

Combine Good Habits with Creative Synergy
Synergy means the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. Common sense, right? Even though the journey is longer, it benefits you more to have many good habits, more than just a couple. Also, when applied to communicating, you are more open to new ideas and possibilities, therefore more pliable for growth. 

Amplify Your Greatest Asset: YOU
Care for yourself physically; Educate yourself mentally; Lean, commit and don't be afraid to move to higher planes. Progression is whatever you want it to be. Inner peace, huge accomplishments or whatever highly effective means to you as an individual.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Chewin' The Fat With Authors Who Tell It Like It Is

Three brilliant writers have come together to participate in an active chat-interview.  Meet us here,  July 11, 2012, at 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6pm Mountain and 5 pm Pacific and be prepared with questions of your own. 

What's the scoop on our brilliant beauties:

Valentine deFrancis is a Certified NLP practitioner, author, paranormal writer, ghost hunter, chocoholic, mindhealer, seeker of knowledge, and is connected to the other side . . . demonstrated through her first book, Master of the Realm, and most recently released a romantic comedy, Note to Self.  What's on the horizon? A new adult paranormal thriller, Behind Gin Lane. How ever does she do it? We will find out.  In the meantime, you can learn more about her here:
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Gale Minchew is the author of the paranormal Young Adult Destiny Series including Shadows of Destiny, Shadows of the Past and Shadows of Truth. Other talents include being a Psychologist, a mother, wife and friend. 
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Bernadette Marie is the author of Contemporary Romance novels such as The Executive's Decision, Cart before The Horse and Candy Kisses.  She is the owner of 5 Prince publishing and is the mother of 5 boys. How does she handle it, you ask? You'll have to ask her, but it may be a clue she is working on her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. 
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