“As we previously observed, proactivity is based on the unique human endowment of self-awareness. The two additional unique human endowments that enable us to expand our proactivity and to exercise personal leadership in our lives are IMAGINATION and CONSCIENCE.
Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us. Through conscience, we can come in contact with universal laws or principles with our own singular talents and avenues of contribution, and with the personal guidelines within which we can most effectively develop them. Combine with self-awareness, these two endowments empower us to write our own script.
Because we already live with many scripts that have been handed to us, the process of writing our own script is actually more a process of ‘rescripting,’ or paradigm shifting—of changing some of the basic paradigms that we already have. As we recognize the ineffective scripts, the incorrect or incomplete paradigms with us, we can proactively begin to rescript ourselves.
In developing our own self-awareness many of us discover ineffective scripts, deeply embedded habits that are totally unworthy of us, totally incongruent with the things we really value in life. Habit 2 says we don’t have to live with those scripts. We are response-able to use our imagination and creativity to write new ones that are more effective, more congruent with our deepest values and with the correct principles that give our values meaning.”
Again, Covey has more to say about the topic of ‘Rescripting….’, and if interested, the book (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) is still available.
Self-awareness is a never-ending process since the world, and worldviews are changing rapidly. What seemed to a constant no longer is (e.g., the ability to count on others’ words/actions). Trusting is a word that only exists within a small circle of my associates, and friends.
The other day I heard, over lunch, “watch what you say to that person, because they will burn you”. Similar experiences (others actions/words/behavior) have caused a major rewrite of my ‘script’, and I am saddened by it.
Another area where ‘rescripting’ continues is that I stop complaining unless I’m prepared to do something about it. Too many of my earlier years were consumed by complainers, and I’ve been slowly weeding them, and my complaining, out of my life.
Next: Habit 2 Begin With The End In Mind,
Principles Of Personal Leadership
A Personal Mission Statement
“Leaders are like eagles; they don’t flock; you find them one at a time”