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    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

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    If you’re struggling with handling life, school, and relationships, this is the book for you. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is a self-help book written by Sean Covey. The book discusses seven habits to help teenagers deal with the complications of life and growing up. You may not have the time to read all seven chapters, so below is a brief description of the seven habits and how they will help you in life.

    1. Be Proactive

    The opposite of proactivity is reactivity. A reactive person blames somebody or something else for how their life is. If something doesn’t go the way you want it to, you can either do something on impulse or think before you act. Proactive people won’t let a simple inconvenience ruin their day.

    1. Begin with the End in Mind

    Visualize your goals before you do anything. It won’t help you if you try to work towards your future without knowing what you want your future to look like. By beginning with the end in mind, you will know what goals you want to accomplish. You will know which path you want to take, and that will benefit you in the long run.

    1. Put First Things First

    The meaning of this habit is simple: prioritize. If you have something important that needs to be completed soon, do that first. Surprisingly, this habit helps you complete more work and have more free time. All of your work will be completed and done to your best ability because you have the time to do it.

    1. Think Win-Win

    You’ve probably heard of a win-win situation. By thinking in a win-win mindset, you won’t become too competitive and won’t compare yourselves to others. You can quickly come to a compromise if someone doesn’t agree with you.

    1. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

    This habit is all about communicating effectively. When someone is talking to you, you should actually listen to what they are saying. Try to understand things from their point of view. Doing this will help you learn to listen, and also help you and the other person come to a solution that suits you both.

    1. Synergize

    The Google Dictionary definition of synergize is to “combine or coordinate the activity of (two or more agents) to produce a joint effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.” You accomplish this by first figuring out what exactly the problem is. Then, you and the other person both share your perspectives. Finally, you brainstorm other solutions and ideas to find the best one.

    1. Sharpen the Saw

    This habit is all about being healthy, emotionally and physically. Of course, this includes exercising, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep. This habit also includes reading and learning. Find things that make you laugh, listen to your favorite music. You should take time for yourself. Do whatever makes you happy!

    Hopefully, you will apply these habits to your life. Maybe you already do! These habits will make great changes in your life and they will help you be successful in many kinds of ways. For tips on habits to avoid, check out this article!