Since I shared about the work of one of my favorite authors, Stephen Covey, (click HERE to read more!), I’ve been getting lots of people telling me about their favorite habits and asking more about the term ‘Sharpen the Saw’. What does it mean?
Per Covey, Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have — you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: Physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.
I must admit, this is the habit I struggle with the most. This balance is so important in our lives and ultimately provides us with the ability to grow and to handle the changes life throws at us.
At times, taking care of yourself can fall to the back burner. I know it has for me. It seems like we are being too selfish — that we should be doing anything other than relaxing. Those of you with Type A personalities can understand the feeling of never being able to take a break and feel GOOD about it.
Take a step back and a deep breath and read this article with some deeper insights into Covey’s idea of Sharpening the Saw — I think you’ll find it much more important to keep the blade of your saw from getting dull once you understand the concept.
Have you read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? What was the most important lesson you learned from it? Reply to this email to compare notes with me – I’d love to hear your input!