Tuesday, March 22, 2011

7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey

This is a great book. We have read it and re-read it. I decided to share what we have/are learning since we can all use inspiration as we work with God to build our families.

Families- even great ones- are off track 90% of the time. The key is to have a sense of destination. You have to know what the "track" looks like and keep coming back to it time and time again. Like the flight of an airplane. The pilots have a flight plan, but during the course of the flight, wind, rain, turbulence, etc. act upon that plane. Throughout the trip, the pilots have to make adjustments so that they return again and again to the flight plan. The key is to have a destination, a flight plan and a compass.

#1 Destination: Make a family mission statement. This must involve all family members. Everyone needs to feel a part of it and buy into it. The vision must be shared by everyone.

#2 A flight plan: Principles that govern all of life. They are not quick fixes, a bunch of practices or to do lists. They are habits- established patterns of thinking and doing things that all successful families have in common. In past times, society helped you raise your children. It was easy to go with the flow because for the most part, society was an ally and a resource. Now, we have to navigate through very family-unfriendly and turbulent times. We need a new mind-set and a new skill-set.

#3 A compass: Four unique human gifts. Self-Awareness, Conscience, Imagination, Independent Will.
These four gifts reside in the space between what happens to us and our response to it.

More to come.......

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