Thursday, May 15, 2014

Stimulus/Response and the 7 Habits

I have just finished the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I don't want to do a book review on it, because it would probably be very long, and I would still be forced sever out information that is absolute necessary.

All I can say is if you haven't read it, read it. It will change your life. No, you're not too busy. Yes, you have time to read it. Make time. I'm serious. Listen to it in the car if there's an audiobook of it. Read it in bed. Just do it. Trust me, it's 100% worth it. It's useful whether you're Christian or not, and it will change your life no matter what you believe. Put down your phone and read it. 

What I can do is tell you one of the most important things you will learn from this book, and it's something that will change your life if you apply it. As I phrase it: between stimulus and response is humanity.

Stimulus: Noun

      A thing or event that evokes a specific functional reaction in an organ or tissue. 

A stimulus in our lives can be a phone ringing, a homework assignment thats due, or our computers. They compel us to do a certain thing.

However, while they suggest you do a certain thing, they do not force you to do it. You do not have to answer the phone. You do not have to turn on the computer. You do not have to watch the TV. You do no have to _____. In fact, that is why we are human and animals are animals. Animals instinctively respond to stimuli. A lion is hungry and sees a deer. What does he do? He eats the deer. He doesn't choose to, he just does. We, however, have a choice. We can choose how we respond to stimuli. We can choose how we respond to the news that an essay is due tomorrow. We can let it control us, and freak out, or we can say, "I choose not to freak out. I choose to work on the essay and get it done, and I take responsibility for it." 

Final thought: responsibility. Response-ability. We have the ability to choose our response.

Final final thought: Read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Like I said, you can choose to do it. Stimuli like video games may try to control you and make you do something else, but you have the freedom to choose your response. I'd advise that it be to read this book.

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