“But where do you stand? What is at the center of your own life? Sometimes that isn’t easy to see.
Perhaps the best way to identify your own center is to look closely at your life-support factors.
Most people are very much a function of a variety of influences that play upon their lives. Depending on external or internal conditions, one particular center may be activated until the underlying needs are satisfied. Then another center becomes the compelling force.
As a person fluctuates from one center to another, the resulting relativism is like roller coasting through life. One moment you’re high, the next moment you’re low, making efforts to compensate for one weakness by borrowing strength from another weakness. There is no consistent sense of direction no persistent wisdom, no steady power supply or sense of personal, intrinsic worth and identity.
The ideal, of course, is to create one clear center from which you consistently derive a high degree of security, guidance, wisdom, and power, empowering your proactivity and giving congruency and harmony to every part of your life.”
This is a short post because I believe it imperative to think carefully about what Covey says here, and carefully apply it to your life; past, present, and future (what do I want it to look and feel like?). Think of it in terms of the four life-support factors (security, wisdom, guidance, and power) Covey detailed in a previous post (8-13-2014). It will be well worth the time spent.
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