What Is Your 7th Habit?
I had a great chat with my son today. He is 30 years old and has an MBA, has a super wife, and an awesome daughter with another on the way (which makes me a proud grandpa).
He’s a great dad, he has a sensational high-level sales role and is a superstar salesman (good DNA, his mum is a top realty agent LOL) but he has been struggling, working way too hard, a lot of stress, and getting migraines of late. He was talking about getting a new pillow and a few other ideas to ease up the stress but then asked for my advice, "Give me some motivation, Dad."
As you see in a past life I was a motivational speaker and trainer. So I went back through the memory bank, thought for a minute then I gave him my reply.
I said, "Son, you do so much and you're awesome at all those things, but what do you do for yourself?"
As I asked that question, I was reminded of the great (RIP) Steven Covey author of ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Many years ago I had the privilege of spending one on one time with Mr. Covey and during this time he reminded me of the importance of “Sharpen the Saw”, which is his 7th habit.
He says that sharpening the saw means “preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have - you”
We can get so busy, so tied up in the “business” part of our lives that it can dominate everything and we can easily forget the time we need to invest in other things, such as family, friends, and most importantly? Ourselves.
You can have the greatest business, best friends, awesome relationships, and a ton of money in the bank, but if YOU, the main asset, is not right, physically, emotionally, and mentally I will guarantee sooner or later it will impact the rest. Steven Covey focused on that and his 7th habit is an awesome reminder of how important you are.
I know in my years of building businesses I have often let that saw get pretty blunt, not much one can use it for once that happens. So it's been a major focus of mine to work on that sharpness as part of my routine. I love to cook, I love to exercise and I love riding motorbikes, I love those saw sharpeners as I truly switch off.
If you don't focus, you will burn something - knives are sharp so that's a motivator to think of nothing else when you cut up those veggies. Exercise? Shape and form need to be top of mind or injuries will be the result. Motorbike riding? Well, you can't be focused on daily sales figures or some website design as you're concentrating on what is happening ahead of you and around you as you scrape that knee around a glorious corner.
Do all saw sharpening efforts have to be physical? No. I love the adrenaline heart-pounding stuff, but it can be singing karaoke, reading a book, watching love stories on Netflix, or gardening.
As long as it's a dedicated ritual to drag you, both mind and body, away from always focusing on activities that take the sharpness away from the saw, and give you time and space to make it sparkle and shine ready for a new batch of hard work.
Do you do that? Do you make and take that, “you” time, or just talk and think about it? Well maybe it's time to “just do it” (Thank you Nike)
Hugs to all, enjoy the happiness.
Hodgie (aka TheCamel)