Highly Effective People – Habit #7 “Sharpen the Saw”

This week’s video is about Steven Covey’s 7th Habit of Highly Effective People: Sharpen the Saw.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Burning yourself out is no service to anyone.  Running your car without changing the oil will destroy the engine.  Running at 100% all day and all night will destroy your own personal engine.

Feeling good doesn’t just happen.

Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself.  You know what to do, but do you make the time for renewal?

Sharpen the Saw means taking care of the greatest asset you have: you.  Here are some examples of activities:

  • Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
  • Social: Making social and meaningful connections with others
  • Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
  • Spiritual: Spending time in nature, meditation, music, art

As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish.  Not a good life.

5 responses to “Highly Effective People – Habit #7 “Sharpen the Saw””

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  2. me and my calss are needing something to pefrom for sharpen the saw

    1. A short walk around the block, reading a poem for no other reason than to experience it, listening to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, throwing a tennis ball between you… or even just take out a saw (or knife) and sharpen it for later…

  3. Hi Conor. What an important reminder for our health. Sharpening the saw is something that I and many still can’t do very well. I loved your video on this and have inserted it here: https://healthcontinuum.org/2017/02/23/sharpening-the-saw-is-about-self-care/

    1. Thank you for helping share the message!

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