Habits are generally associated with negative behaviours. They are described as a routine of behaviour that is repeated so often that the action becomes subconscious meaning that we do them without thinking. Practice makes perfect. We become what we practice. Or is it, we practice what we become? What are you practicing? What are you becoming? What are you perfecting? And would you like to orchestrate the outcome more positively?
Understanding this concept can help us all create positive habits and lead us to living our best lives. Cellnutrition recommends The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, as outlined by Stephen Covey in his book of the same name. Since being published in 1983, it has sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages. It is considered to best one of the best business books in history. That’s because it’s not just about business. Here’s his snapshot guide to self-mastery.
1. Be proactive
Start by understanding things that you can control called your Circle of Influence. Then reflect on those actions and reactions that you can’t control. This is called your Circle of Concern. Be mindfully proactive by focusing your actions around your Circle of Influence. You might not be able to control other’s actions, but you are able to control your own. Don’t wait for things to happen before you act. Take action and then let things happen.
2. Begin with the end in mind
Create a clear picture of the desired outcome. Call it a mission. Double check your intent or ethics and principles to ensure that it does no harm to self or others. Check to see how far you are to achieving it and what needs to change and then consider the steps you need to take to make it happen. Create milestones that you can celebrate along the way and be sure to constantly question whether you’re sticking to your principles. Measure twice, cut once.
3. First things first
Learn how to prioritise so that you can be more effective in meeting your goals. Understand the difference between what’s Important and what’s Urgent.
- Do something that is Important and Urgent immediately.
- Plan for something that is not Urgent but Important.
- Delegate something that is Urgent but not Important.
- Eliminate actions that are neither Urgent nor Important.
4. Think win-win
Create a code of genuine authentic conduct that always generates a positive outcome for everyone involved. It starts by building a healthy and genuine respect in your everyday relationships. Consider others then consider yourself and see whether you need to compromise. Ask yourself is this for me only or is this for we also? Stop. Collaborate and listen.
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Empathy is powerful. It asks you to understand what the other person is experiencing from their own frame of reference and not your own. Listen empathetically by removing your blinkers. Treat other people the way that they want to be treated and not the way that you want to be treated. Create a caring atmosphere that makes it safe for others to share. Build trust by listening compassionately. Keep trust by showing empathy. Honour trust by using logic.
By taking a step back and realising that all your successes are never your own and that you were helped along the way, you’ll start to recognise your own strengths and growth areas and those of others. Build strategic partnerships that will help everyone reach their goals by working to everyone’s strengths, wants and needs. If a burden shared is a burden halved, then a success shared, is a success doubled.
7. Sharpen the Saw; Growth
Continue to spiral upwards by being brutally honest with yourself as to where you are at. Forgive easily and let go of the mistakes and failures you’ve made along the way. If your hands are holding onto darkness, they’re not free to catch the blessings being thrown your way. Learn, commit, do. Never stop learning and educating yourself by understanding that knowledge isn’t personal freedom or power. Wisdom is. Stay humble by being of service and by helping others with a hand-up and not a hand-out. And finally, maintain balance in everything that you do mentally, physically, emotionally. Make this your lifestyle.
Make a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise a part of who you are too. Because our foods are becoming increasingly nutrient poor, proper supplementation is also important. Our bodies can’t manufacture all essential nutrients we require. Self-mastery starts with honesty and goals, but you can assist physically with the right balance of supplements. If you’re feeling lacklustre and out of whack, consider supplementing with the only one of its kind, Omegiabiocell3,6,9 which contains the highest concentrated dose of 100% plant-based, ultra-pure Omega-3, 6, 9 using a patented technology. It’s shown not only to help with circulation and heart health, it also contributes to vitality and better brain functioning as well as mood stabilisation. It can be taken on its own or added to table ready foods such as smoothies and drizzled over salads too.