An important part of my recovery process involves the reading of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Each day, I will take 7 important take-home messages to think about and relate to my own life experiences. So without further ado, here are my first 7 notes!
- What we ARE communicates far more eloquently than anything we SAY or DO.
- A paradigm is the way we “see” the world – in terms of perceiving, understanding, and interpreting. A “map” so to speak.
- To try and change outward attitudes and behaviors does very little good in the long run if we fail to examine the basic paradigms from which those attitudes and behaviors flow.
- Each of us thinks we see things as they are (objective). But when we describe what we see, we are actually describing ourselves, our perceptions, and our paradigms.
- Our paradigms, correct or incorrect, are the sources of our attitudes and behaviors, and ultimately our relationships with others.
- If we want to make significant, quantum change, we need to work on our basic paradigms. Paradigm shifts can be instantaneous or slow and deliberate.
- Paradigms are inseparable from character – “being is seeing.”
Thoughts & Ramblings: In terms of my recovery, I really need to make an effort to redefine what beauty is and what health is. I need to actively and deliberately change my paradigm. I have experienced how my old paradigms have negatively affected my attitudes, behaviors, and relationships with others. For example, I need to stop seeing food as the enemy. I need to stop idolizing fitness and leanness. Though right now I feel like I need to be focused on food for the sake of complete and permanent recovery, eventually I need to learn to trust my body and take the focus off food so that I can fully enjoy my time with family and friends.