Do you find it difficult to
start a new habit or perhaps do away with an old one? We may accept
good and sensible self-improvement ideas. Why do we tend to falter in
I have learned that it has a lot
to do with attitude. No idea would manifest into effective action
unless your attitude is congruent with it. Examples:
Got some tips from the web how
to be a good conversationalist at gatherings? Not that easy. They
only work if you are sincerely interested in people.
Parenting books teach you how
to build your child's self-esteem. How do you plan to do this if you
don't feel good about your own accomplishments?
You want to stay fit? Would
you really act on it unless you feel that health and well-being are
extremely important to you?
You may have learned the
techniques, but how do you acquire the attitude? Dr. Stephen Covey*
suggests you work first on your CHARACTER. Practice these habits
BE PROACTIVE. Accept full
responsibility for whatever decisions you make.
BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND.
Decide what is important to you, i.e., define your values, your
mission, your goals.
DO FIRST THINGS FIRST. Ensure
that what is important is never sacrificed for something of less
Doing this consistently would make
you decisive, focused, and relentless. You would have developed a character
capable of achieving anything you choose to accomplish. You would be UNSTOPPABLE.