According to Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a person is like a saw:
A worn-down saw can’t do its job well––or sometimes at all––but a sharp saw can quickly and efficiently make a cut. People are the same. If we take the time to renew ourselves, we will return to our activities and responsibilities refreshed and ready to do our best.
I think it is an important part of my journey to sit down and take stock of my progress once in a while, to ask myself, am I living my best life? What can I do right now to improve, to reach my goals?
Covey defines four areas of life that need to be in balance in order to be most effective: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.
- I’m improving my health by making better food choices, including organic and non-processed foods.
- I can improve by adding some consistent physical activity––like yoga––to my daily and weekly routines.
- I’m getting a lot more social interaction at my new job, meeting new people, etc.
- I can improve by making more of an effort to be friendly and engage these new people (something that’s difficult for me!).
- I’m learning so much from reading The Omnivore’s Dillemma!
- I can improve by using more of the time I spend watching TV for reading interesting books like this one.
- I’m spending at least 15 minutes every morning writing in a journal and time blogging.
- I can improve by trying meditation when I add yoga to my daily practice.
I truly believe that this kind of self-inventory is key to making any kind of lasting changes. Ask yourself today, “Am I living my best life? What can I do today to sharpen the saw?”