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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

By: Sean Covey

1. Be Proactive - Take responsibility for your life.

2. Begin with the End in Mind - Define your mission and goals in life.

3. Put First Things First - Prioritize, and do the most important things first.

4. Think Win-Win - Have an everyone-can-win attitude.

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood - Listen to people sincerely.

6. Synergize - Work together to achieve more.

7. Sharpen the Saw - Renew yourself regularly.

Baby Steps

1. The next time you look in the mirror say something positive about yourself.
2. Show appreciation for someone's point of view today. Say something like "Hey, that is a cool idea."
3. Think of a limiting paradigm you might have of yourself, such as I'm not outgoing." Now, do something today that totally contradicts that paradigm.
4. Think of a loved one or close friend who has been acting out of character lately. Consider what might be causing them to act that way.
5. When you have nothing to do, what is it that occupies your thoughts? Remember, whatever is most important to you will become your paradigm or life-center.
6. The Golden Rule rules! Begin today to treat others as you would want them to treat you. Don't be impatient, complain about leftovers, or bad-mouth someone, unless you want the same treatment.
7. Sometime soon, find a quiet place where you can be alone. Think about what matters most to you.
8. Listen carefully to the lyrics of the music you listen to most frequently. Evaluate if they are in harmony with the principles you believe in.
9. When you do your chores at home or work tonight, try out the principle of hard work. Go the extra mile and do more than is expected.
10. The next time you're in a tough situation and don't know what to do, ask yourself, "What principle should I apply (i.e., honesty, love, loyalty, hard work, patience)?" Now, follow the principle and don't look back.

Baby Steps

Keep Promises to Yourself

1. Get up when you planned to for 3 days in a row.
2. Identify one easy task that needs to be done today, like putting in a batch of laundry, or reading a book for an English assignment. Decide when you will do it. Now, keep your word and get it done.

Do Random Acts of Service
3. Sometime today, do a kind anonymous deed, like writing a thank-you note, taking out the trash, or making someone's bed.
4. Look around and find something you can do to make a difference, like cleaning up a park in your neighborhood, volunteering in a senior citizens center, or reading to someone who can't.

Tap Into Your Talents

5. List a talent you would like to develop this year:

How do I get there:

6. Make a list of the talents you most admire on other people.


Be Gentle With Yourself

7. Think about an area of life you feel inferior in. Now breathe deeply and tell yourself, Īt's not the end of the world.
8. "Try to go an entire day without negative self talk. Each time you catch yourself putting yourself down, you have to replace it with three positive thoughts about yourself.

Renew Yourself

9. Decide on a fun activity that will lift your spirits and do it today. For example, turn up the music and dance.
10. Feeling lethargic? Get up right now and go for a fast walk around the block.

Be Honest

11. The next time your parents ask you about what you're doing, share the complete story. Don't leave out information meant to mislead or deceive.
12. For one day, try not to exaggerate or embellish!