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Stephen Covey,A.Roger Merrill

First Things First

    golovnyahar citeretfor 3 måneder siden
    techniques and practices masquerade as practical, hard-hitting, bottom-line solutions that address immediate concerns. But their implied promise is quick-fix illusion.
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    We often go for the illusion of “cramming” instead of the reality of long-term development and growth.
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    Economic well-being is based on principles of thrift, industry, saving for future needs, earning interest instead of paying it. But we live with the illusion that having “things” will fulfill the need—regardless of the fact that they’re bought on credit and we spend months or even years paying twice what they’re worth for the cotton-candy satisfaction of instant gratification
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    nutrition, adequate rest, a healthy mind-set, avoiding substances that are harmful to the body. But instead of paying the price, we’re caught up in the illusion of appearance—the fantasy that the right clothes, the right makeup, the quick-fix weight-loss programs (actually proven to contribute to the long-term problem instead of solving it) will fulfill our physical need
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    Vibrant health is based on natural principles. It grows over time out of regular exercise, proper
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    The problems in life come when we’re sowing one thing and expecting to reap something entirely different.
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    All the wishing and even all the work in the world, if it’s not based on valid principles, will not produce quality-of-life results. It’s not enough to dream. It’s not enough to try. It’s not enough to set goals or climb ladders. It’s not enough to value. The effort has to be based on practical realities that produce the result. Only then can we dream, set goals, and work to achieve them with confidence.
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    been lulled by a sense of security
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    picturebook world crashing down around him
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    the words of George Bernard Shaw:
    This is the true joy in life . . . being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one . . . being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ... I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
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    meaningful life is not a matter of speed or efficiency. It’s much more a matter of what you do and why you do it, than how fast you get it done.
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    We live in a modern society that loves shortcut techniques. Yet quality of life cannot be achieved by taking the right shortcut.
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    uality time with the people you love, or challenged in trying to work with others because of misunderstanding, miscommunication, politicking, backbiting, or blaming and accusing?
    • Are you constantly learning, growing, gaining new perspectives, acquiring new skills—or do you feel stagnant?
    Are you being held back from career advancement or other things you’d like to do because you don’t have the education or skills?
    • Do you have a clear sense of direction and purpose that inspires and energizes you—or do you feel vague about what’s important to you and unclear about what you really want to do with your life?
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    Do you have sustained energy and physical capacity throughout the day—or are there things you’d like to do that you can’t do because you feel tired, ill, or out of shape?
    • Are you in a position of financial security? Are you able to meet your own needs and have resources set aside for the future—or are you in debt, working long hours, and barely scraping by?
    • Do you have rich, satisfying relationships with others? Are you able to work with others effectively to accomplish common purposes—or do you feel alienated and alone, unable to spend
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    essence of these needs is captured in the phrase “to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.” The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economic well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love, to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution.
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    The struggle comes when we sense a gap between the clock and the compass—when what we do doesn’t contribute to what is most important in our lives.
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    4: Quadrant II Organizing: The Process of Putting First Things First
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    rt of what it means to be human.

    Through learning we recreate ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we never were able to do. Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life.
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    Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human.
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    THREE PARADIGMS THAT NURTURE BALANCE
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