I have long been a fan of Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and I have always wanted to put them into fitness terms.  I'm not really sure why I've waited until now to actually execute the plan, but hey, better late than never, right?

I have a convention, though ... about the time I was first introduced to the book, I was working as a pizza delivery driver.  At that chain, we were expected to memorize the company's core values.  I have since taken these values and morphed them into fitness concepts, giving me a total of 10.  Some of them overlap a bit, but this is my blog post and I'll write it the way I want to :). 

Now, without further adieu, here they are:

1 - Be proactive

This means that you are 100% responsible for everything that happens (or doesn't happen) to you.  Once you recognize that you are in the driver's seat, you begin to actually drive.  Take control.  Be the predator, not the prey!

2 - Begin with the end in mind

This means that you need to create a plan.  Don't just feel your way through.  Either create a plan, or find someone who can do it for you.  Either way, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

3 - Put first things first

This means to execute the plan.  Take one step at a time and work your way through your plan.  This is discipline habit!

4 - Synergize

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  If you will work together with others, you can create better outcomes.  Trainers, workout buddies, etc. can all help you achieve your goals!

5 - Seek first to understand

In the book, this refers to interpersonal communication, but it also applies to problems and solutions.  If you have a problem to deal with, make sure you understand it before you go running in with guns-a-blazin'!  The same thing applies with so-called solutions.  Make sure you really understand something before you make decisions to purchase or use something new.

6 - Seek win/win

7 - Sharpen the saw

Continually strive for improvement.  Perfection is an intellectual construct that is impossible to reach.  To aim for perfection means that we will miss it every time. By contrast, if we seek to constantly improve in every area, we stand a much better chance at hitting that target, thus building momentum and confidence for reaching our next goal.

8 - Focus

Stay present and constantly remind yourself about your goals.  Also, this can mean to change your focus from time to time.  When the ultimate goal seems WAY too far out there, get lost in the minute details.  However, when you become bogged down with those details, change focal points back out into the distance.

9 - Accountability

Once you set goals, hold yourself accountable for achieving them.  Find ways to allow others to hold you accountable, as well.  Post your goal and progress in a public place (at work or on the internet).

10 - Attitude

Your attitude can make or break your experience.  Let's face it.  Working toward goals can absolutely STINK sometimes.  If you approach your success steps with the attitude that "this is going to stink," it absolutely will.  However, you can also choose to take the attitude that this big, hairy, ugly thing that I have to do, although unpleasant, is a rite of passage that I have to get through to get to my life's dream, you'll have a much better time getting there.  Think about that one and let it simmer a bit.

I have not completed the list, yet.  I'm going to refine it and tweak it and re-post it again in a few months.  Check back to see the next version!  In the next few posts, I plan to break some of these concepts down individually.

Until next time!