ten things to remember - august

stephen covey quote

August is proving a bitch to get through.

Every job/task/project taking an age to complete, keeping the main thing, the main thing is hard when the main thing is often hidden under layers of toys, trucks (yeah she likes trucks, she has two, HP and Debbie!), fairies, plastic shit, crumbs and discarded clothing.

I found that I craved some comfort from my old pal Stephen, his Seven Habits book is the first ever 'self-improvement' book I ever read. And it stuck. Well, sort of. August's ten things to remember, the Stephen Covey was a superstar edition.

1.  Ruthlessly cut away the unimportant.

2.  Live out of your imagination, not your history.

3.  Be proactive.

4.  Where you're headed is more important than how fast you're going.

5.  Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.

6.  Begin with the end in mind.

7.  Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There is no greater investment.

8.  Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

9.  You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage - pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say "no" to other things. And the way to do that is by having having a bigger "yes" burning inside.

10.  I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

Stephen Covey, I salute you sir!