Sharpen The Saw

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Singing seems to ease me. Dancing too. I did both this weekend on a road trip to San Francisco to see two concerts by my favorite band, The Mother Hips. I’m really not writing this to promote them but rather to share the insight of the rejuvenation it provided. Especially the connections with many old friends.

The mental, emotional and physical rewards of the experience reminded me of the phrase “Sharpen The Saw.” This is the seventh of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” the book by Stephen Covey regarded as one of the most influential of the 20th century. The seven habits are:

1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think win-win
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
6. Synergize
7. Sharpen the saw

This page summarizes #7:

“Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.”

As I danced and sang and laughed and hugged friends, old and new, I realized how vital this is to increasing my Intention Span. That links to my article from October, which will be central to my upcoming free webinar with Juan Acosta, C.Ht. about getting new year’s resolutions to stick. Here’s a little promo video we made:

That event is at 10am PT on January 4. Register here and you can join the call live and/or have access to the replay that will also be free but only for a limited time.

To be clear, “sharpening the saw” can entail different things for different people. Perhaps you need more quiet time with a book or the thrill of snowboarding. As you reflect on what may bring you this renewal so important to “highly effective people,” consider also this popular quote by Gabrielle Roth:

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”

May this holiday season provide peace, prosperity and good health for you and your loved ones.

Posted: 12/23/13


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Dave Berman offers Life Coaching, Laughter Coaching, Laughnosis and Hypnotherapy. He earned a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University and has extensive experience as a public speaker and workshop facilitator. His book, “Laughter For the Health of It,” co-written with Kelley T. Woods, is available here. For speaking or writing requests, or for a free coaching/hypnotherapy consultation, write to Dave, connect with manifest_positivity on Skype, or use the Viber app to call his mobile number from anywhere in the world +1 707-845-3749.

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