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Sharpening Your Saw

October 12, 2011
 

 There’s a famous quote that says genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. There’s no denying that hard work is pivotal to your success. The question becomes: how do you find the energy and motivation to continue working hard and not become burnt out?

 

 Stephen R. Covey, the well-known author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People concludes his book with this habit: sharpen your saw. In other words, what are you doing to renew and replenish your greatest asset: you!

 

Abraham Lincoln captured this thought when he said if he had six hours to chop down a tree, he would spend four sharpening his ax. When you do activities that enhance different aspects of yourself, you become more productive and effective in your work and able to lead a more balanced life, which can lead to greater creativity and growth.

 

Four Areas to Sharpen Your Saw

 

If you are thinking that this sounds great on paper, but it’s going to be difficult to implement, to a degree, that’s true. Habits take time. They also take intentional planning to make them a regular part of your life.

 

 However, even small adjustments in these four areas identified by Covey can yield benefits in your career and your life:

 
  • Mental: Read and learn more on topics inside the real estate industry or outside of it. Learn a new skill. Try a new hobby. Write in a journal. Attend a conference even if you don’t think you can spare the time.
  • Physical: Sleep. Americans are notorious for sleeping too little. Eat healthy by cutting back on take-out, soda, whatever it might be for you. Take the dog for a walk. Tackle a project, big or small, that will give you a sense of accomplishment like fall cleaning or organizing paperwork.
  • Social: Join a book club, enjoy a dinner date with your partner, throw the Frisbee with the kids, make time to see a friend for coffee and conversation.
  • Spiritual: Boost your spirit in whatever way is meaningful to you. Admire nature with a hike on a crisp autumn day. Meditate or pray in a quiet spot. Read inspirational stories. Volunteer.

 

 In a nutshell, invest in yourself!

 Source: Stephencovey.com

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