This is the basis of all further habits and a cornerstone of success. You will influence your life more than anyone else. Seven habits of successful people pdf have the opportunity to use your free will and hard work to change yourself and your circumstances.

The emphasis of this habit is to do whatever is in your power to improve your situation. Since, in a situation, the thing that you can influence and change the most is your response to it – choose your response to any situation and you will find yourself in control. No one can “make” you angry if you decide you don’t want to get angry. Don’t let life set you up to be in a bad situation. Have confidence in yourself and believe that you can succeed at anything in life. In your internal dialogue, replace language such as “I must do X” with “I choose to do X”, “I have to” with “I want to”, “If only” with “Let’s see about” etc.

A little planning will usually save you a lot of actual work later. Use your creative forces to create images and plans in your head first, then carry out your plan. It’s extremely easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the business of life, the thick of thin things. Decide which of your roles and goals are most important, then determine what steps will best achieve those goals. Basically it means doing life with your values in hand. The idea is to have these clearly defined and on a piece of paper.

We need to schedule our priorities. We can use the time management matrix to determine where to spend our time. To be effective we need to take care of everything in quadrant 1 and then spend as much of our remaining time as possible in quadrant 2. We need to live in quadrants 1 and 2. Quadrant 1 activities are the things that are important and urgent: emergencies, deadline-driven projects, crises, some meetings, some phone calls.