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Habit 1: Be Proactive -- Principles of Personal Visio


I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by

conscious endeavor.

-- Henry David Thorea


As you read this book, try to stand apart from yourself. Try to project your consciousness upward

into a corner of the room and see yourself, in your mind's eye, reading. Can you look at yourself

almost as though you were someone else?

Now try something else. Think about the mood you are now in. Can you identify it? What are

you feeling? How would you describe your present mental state

Now think for a minute about how your mind is working. Is it quick and alert? Do you sense that

you are torn between doing this mental exercise and evaluating the point to be made out of it?

Your ability to do what you just did is uniquely human. Animals do not possess this ability. We

call it "self-awareness" or the ability to think about your very thought process. This is the reason why man has dominion over all things in the world and why he can make significant advances from

generation to generation.

This is why we can evaluate and learn from others' experiences as well as our own. This is also

why we can make and break our habits.

We are not our feelings. We are not our moods. We are not even our thoughts. The very fact

that we can think about these things separates us from them and from the animal world.

Self-awareness enables us to stand apart and examine even the way we "see" ourselves -- our paradigm, the most fundamental paradigm of effectiveness. It affects not only our attitudes and behaviors, but

also how we see other people. It becomes our map of the basic nature of mankind.

In fact, until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable

to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will be unable

to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project

our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective.

This significantly limits our personal potential and our ability to relate to others as well. But

because of the unique human capacity of self-awareness, we can examine our paradigms to determine

whether they are reality- or principle-based or if they are a function of conditioning and conditions.


Date: 2015-02-03; view: 1066

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