#646 Seven Habits: Habit #7 – Sharpen the Saw
 The final habit is that of continuous improvement in both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence.
Habit #7 – Sharpen the Saw
Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, good prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.
Covey explains the “Upward Spiral” model in the sharpening the saw section. Through our conscience, along with meaningful and consistent progress, the spiral will result in growth, change, and constant improvement. In essence, one is always attempting to integrate and master the principles outlined in The 7 Habits at progressively higher levels at each iteration. Subsequent development on any habit will render a different experience and you will learn the principles with a deeper understanding. The Upward Spiral model consists of three parts: learn, commit, do. According to Covey, one must be increasingly educating the conscience in order to grow and develop on the upward spiral. The idea of renewal by education will propel one along the path of personal freedom, security, wisdom, and power.
QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
How could this clarify my Reality?
How could this benefit if added to my Disciplines?
Who needs to hear this?
 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_7_Habits_of_Highly_Effective_People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1988, is a business and self-help book written by Stephen R. Covey.
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