Many of the habits we covered over the last few weeks can be learned if you don’t already possess those abilities. In many cases, just pretending to be a particular type of person is enough to make you start naturally behaving like that type of person. Have you ever pretended to laugh or cry, and then really started laughing or crying? It works the same way with other behaviors. It may take a little longer, but if you make it a point to “act like” a disciplined person every day, there you have it; you’re doing the things that a disciplined person would do, therefore you will reap the same benefits that a disciplined person would reap. After a while, it will become second nature.
The importance of sharpening the saw
In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey describes the seventh and final habit as “Sharpening the Saw,” or CNEI (pronounced “kanai”), standing for Constant Never-Ending Improvement. The idea is that you have already mastered the six primary habits to become highly effective, but you need to make sure that your efforts do not stop there. You need to keep improving with each passing day, moving toward the zenith of effectiveness. We all know that the whole concept of perfection is pretty much unobtainable, but that doesn’t mean that we should not strive to move closer to it.
While I could just start spouting off about all the things an entrepreneur should do to constantly improve their business, I sincerely feel that your time and energy would be much better spent sharpening the saw that is you, as a human being.
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