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This post written by: Leona Crowe, Legal Assistant to Sach Oliver

Recently, I finished reading Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and the concept outlined in the book has literally changed my life. I learned to control my environment instead of letting it control me. It is all in the choices you make.

The Seven Habits are: 1) Be Proactive, 2) Begin with the end in mind, 3) Put first things first, 4) Think win-win, 5) Seek first to understand and then to be understood, 6) Synergize, and finally 7) Sharpen the saw.

After understanding these concepts, I began to redo how I manage my time. In listing all my daily activities, I always pick the first 3-4 activities that can bring me results closest to my goals. Next, I would do those activities first before anything else. Stephen Covey said, “In order to achieve the desired result, you have to work toward your goals.”

Before reading this book, I would respond to situations and circumstances with either/or and now I realize I don’t have to choose either/or. I can choose something else or simply not choose at all.

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