Monday, July 18, 2011

The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

This blog post is an very brief summary of a book that I would like to write. In other words, it's an outline of what the book would look like if I ever did write it...

Currently, I am reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It's a great book by the way and I recommend it to all who have not read it. So this past Thursday, while standing in line for Harry Potter, we joked around about how awesome it would be to write a book titled the 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People. Though it was sort of a joke... I got to thinking that it might actually have potential.

Habit #1: Procrastination
A wise man once stated, "One of the most serious human defects in all ages is procrastination."

Habit #2: Pride or Preoccupation with Self
Pride and thinking only about yourself leads one to become either unwilling or unable to learn from others. Pride stifled growth and sucks the life out of meaningful and fulfilling relationships.

Habit #3: Being Idle
Need I say more? Idleness is essentially the antithesis of effectiveness.

Habit #4: Living only in the Moment
Living in the moment is a good thing but when you live only in the moment, the valuable habits of planning and goal setting get thrown out the window.

Habit #5: Seeking Entertainment over Happiness
It's great to have fun but a constantly seeking entertainment over more substantial things--that drive true happiness--can lead to a hollow life full of meaningless goals...

Habit #6: The Blame Game
Failing to take responsibility for your situations and actions, by endlessly blaming others and your circumstances, is debilitating, self-defeating and suppresses change.


Habit #7: Saying but Not Doing
We all want to change, accomplish goals, and make things happen, but there is a difference between saying and doing. Just as one grows in their capacity to do by making and keeping commitments to self and others, the habit of making hollow commitments traps one in a sinking spiral of inaction.

Do you agree with my list? Am I missing anything? Or am I wrong about any of these? Let me know...