Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®

The habit of daily self-renewal.

Achieve the Daily Private Victory™

The Daily Private Victory is a practice. It's a pattern, routine, or regimen that you follow every day to renew yourself in the four dimensions of your life. The Daily Private Victory allows you to master the Public Victory. Achieving the Daily Private Victory will affect every decision and every relationship in a positive way.

The Four Dimensions of Renewal

Humans are made up of four dimensions. Each aspect requires continuous renewal to remain in balance. If one is neglected, it will negatively impact the other three. In the same way, if each is nourished, all four will flourish.

Body: Build Physical Capacity

  • Get the amount of sleep you know your body needs.
  • Set health and fitness goals.
  • Include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fiber, and plenty of water in your diet.
  • Reduce stress by eliminating Quadrant 3 activities.

Mind: Build Mental Capacity

  • Keep a journal to collect your thoughts and allow you space for working out problems.
  • Read books.
  • Collect quotations that inspire you.
  • Develop a hobby that allows you to do something you love.

Heart: Build Social Capacity

  • Keep your relationships in constant repair through continual deposits into the Emotional Bank Account.
  • Value the differences in others and look for opportunities to Synergize.
  • Widen your circle of friends.
  • Forgive yourself and others who may have hurt you.

Spirit: Build Spiritual Capacity

  • Create, review, and refine your Personal Mission Statement.
  • Appreciate and enjoy the world of nature.
  • Read inspirational and sacred literature, or biographies of people who inspire you.
  • Commit to a life of total integrity to your priorities and deepest values.
  • Commit to serve in your family and community.
"Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind."
– Leonardo da Vinci

Common Paradigm

I'm too busy today to take time for myself.

Common Practices

  • Rarely invest in yourself.

Highly Effective Paradigm

I take time for myself every day because it gives me the ability to do everything else.

Highly Effective Practices

  • Achieve the Daily Private Victory.

Explore All 7 Habits

7 Habits Introduction to Paradigms

Habit 1: Be Proactive®

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind®

Habit 3: Put First Things First®

Habit 4: Think Win-Win®

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood®

Habit 6: Synergize®

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages worldwide, and remains one of the best selling nonfiction books in history.

"I’m asked fairly often: ‘Are the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People still relevant today?’ And for that matter, ‘Will they be relevant ten, twenty, fifty, one hundred years from now?’ My answer: the greater the change and more difficult our challenges, the more relevant the habits become." –Stephen R. Covey, Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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