weather vs. excellence

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Yesterday morning I went on a run at 6am, as I do most weekdays. Before I left the apartment I peeked outside to check the weather from my 19th floor apartment. I could tell the ground was wet, but didn’t notice any precipitation. By the time I actually got out on the sidewalk there was a heavy drizzle, like a fan spritzing water in my face for 35 minutes and thereby turning my nicely straightened pony tail into a frizzy halo.

Normally running in this weather would have made me ache to go back inside, back to bed for another blissful hour. But yesterday I didn’t have that typical longing and actually enjoyed my run. And I have Stephen Covey to thank for my fresh perspective.

For those that know me personally, Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is a huge part of my life. So as I re-read this book for the fourth time, I continue to learn and refresh my habits, and the following quote has stuck with me for well over a week,

“If we think our lives are a function of our conditions, it is because we have, by conscious decision or by default, chosen to empower those things to have control over us – we have let ourselves become reactive. Reactive people are often affected by the weather, proactive people carry their own weather with them.”

– Stephen R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Although this quote about weather has a direct relation to my morning jog, I am also trying to carry over this idea into other areas of my life. Where else have I let existing conditions determine how well I produce? I’m willing to venture there are more situations where I grumble and drag my feet when the situation is tough. And my intention now is to determine what my goals are and let those guide my efforts.

Lightening storms excluded.

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  1. Julie

    Great quote to live by.
    Thanks for reminding me and for a wonderful blog!

  2. Rebecca

    Oh, I love this. I read the 7 habits teen version waaaay back in the day. Maybe I’ll pick it up again 🙂

  3. Jess

    @ Julie: I’m glad you like the blog and the quote!! It definitely is something I need tattooed on my forehead sometimes.

    @ Rebecca: I read the Teen version before the adult version, too! I love the teen version. In fact, there are definitely parts I like about it better than the adult version. I remember Sean Covey’s “baby steps” were so helpful.

  4. Jess

    @ PVE: Patricia, I think you carry enough sunshine to light a whole city! You rock.

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