7 Characteristics

I am your constant companion. I am
your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down
to failure. I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do you might just as
well turn over to me and I will be able to do them
quickly and correctly .
I am easily managed – you must merely
be firm with me. Show me exactly how you
want something done and after a few
lessons I will do it automatically. I am the
servant of all great individuals and, alas, of
all failures, as well. Those who are great, I
have made great. Those who are failures,
I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work
with all the precision of a machine plus
the intelligence of a human. You may run
me for a profit or run me for ruin – it
makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me,
and I will place the world at your feet. Be
easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
What is your definition of Habit?
On a sheet of paper, write down your
own interpretation of HABIT. Draw a
symbol or illustration of what the word
means to you.
Now, what does the dictionary say?
Click on the link
Breaking Bad Habits
•Click on the link above and watch
the video on habits.
•After the video is finished use your
paper to complete the activity.
You have now had a chance to recognize at
least one bad habit of yours. Everyone has
them, you are not alone, but YOU can
CHANGE them 
Sean Covey developed 7 Habits of Highly
Effective Teens because he wanted to give
teens a set of tools to use as they travel
through adolescence.
These tools can help teens live happy and
successful lives as long as they are
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
Now, match the action to the habit-complete on your own paper
7 Habits Mix and Match
Match each item on the left with the correct item on the right.
1. _____ Habit 1: Be Proactive
a. Renew yourself regularly.
2. _____ Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
b. Have an everyone-can-win
3. _____ Habit 3: Put First Things First
c. Prioritize, do the most important
things first.
4. _____ Habit 4: Think Win-Win
d. Define your mission and goals in
5. _____ Habit 5: First to Understand, Then be Understood.
e.Work together to achieve more.
6. _____ Habit 6: Synergize
f. Listen to people sincerely.
7. _____ Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
g. Take responsibility for your life
Created by Mrs. Crawford
What is your weakest habit, what is your
strongest habit?
Place the habits in order from 1 to 7 (1 being
your strongest, 7 your weakest) based on
how you believe you live your life. Be
honest with yourself.
Label this on your sheet of paper
Now that you have evaluated yourself it is
time to put what you know into practice.
Activities have been created for each
Start with the habit you rated as your
weakest and go from there.
You will eventually complete each habit’s
Does any part of this sound like you?
Habit of the Defective Teen: React
Blame all of your problems on your
parents, your stupid teachers or
professors, your lousy neighborhood, your
boy/girlfriend, the government, or
something or somebody else. Be a
victim. Take no responsibility for your life.
Act like an animal. If you’re hungry, eat.
If someone yells are you, yell back. If you
feel like doing something you know is
wrong, just do it.
Proactive vs. Reactive Watch this clip
Many times, we have to know what we do
wrong, before we can do what is right. Many
of us are reactive instead of proactive. We just
say, “it’s just the way I am…I can’t help it”
Take this short quiz. Are you REACTIVE or
Proactive vs. Reactive Quiz
Use the document to analyze two
different scenarios.
Within each scenario there are various
choices a teen could make. Decide
whether the choice would be
proactive or reactive.
Time for a Change
 Print out the article above and use your
annotation skills.
› Ask 3 questions
› Circle 3 or more unknown words and define
› Find 2 WOW moments…something from the
article that struck you!
After reading the article, the author gave
really good pointers on how to become
more proactive. Now, let’s put it into
practice 
Using those pointers, make a list of 5 goals
(on a sheet of paper) to help you become
more proactive in your life.
› Questions to consider?????
 What are your problem spots? (Home, school,
parents, friends, etc.)
 What are solutions to help you fix your problem
 What actions can you take?
”To begin with the end in
mind means to start with
a clear understanding of
your destination. It
means to know where
you are going so that you
better understand where
you are now so that the
steps you take are always
in the right direction.”
-Stephen R. Covey--The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
What does this quote mean to you?
 Write a brief explanation on a sheet of paper.
Give an example of how you are a product of
your decision.
Write your name in a circle. Out from the circle, write words that
describe you.
(Make an organizer on your own paper.)
Now, think about what kind of person
you WANT to be. Make a list.
I want to be a/an:
Use your graphic organizer and your list
to write a mission statement.
This is a sentence or paragraph about
the person you want to be.
My mission is to:
In ten years a newspaper decides to do a story about
YOU! They interview four of your closest friends.
ASSIGNMENT: What would you want them to say about you?
› What is “the end” for you? What do you hope to be
doing ten years from now? Twenty?
› Write an article for a newspaper column about you,
the future you! What do you want to be
remembered by, who do you want to be seen as?
Complete this assignment on a word document.
Why are friends important?
 Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind teaches that the
paths you choose today can shape you forever. If you
join a gang, the things you do may affect you for the rest
of your life. If you smoke, drink, or do drugs, how will your
health be affected several years down the road? What
values will you choose? What will you stand for? How
will you contribute to the community? Believe it or not,
these are all questions that are largely tied to the things
you do and the decisions you make as a teenager.
 The friends you choose will have a profound affect on
the choices you make. Friends can help you or hurt you.
They will be a powerful influence on your attitude,
reputation, and direction, so choose them wisely.
Open the document and fill in with your
responses Choosing Friends
After completing the document,
examine your friends…are they a
reflection of what you believe and
value? If not, what can you do now to
begin with the end in mind?
How good are you at beginning with the
end in mind?
 Rate yourself on this scale. 1 being you
always begin with the end in mind, 10
being you only think about today.
Why did you rate yourself this way?
Jar of Life- Watch this video and see the
analogy it gives for prioritizing and
putting first things first
This is just a short clip of fun. Come sing
this to your teacher…it will make them
smile  Habit 3 Song…
Yes No
I cram for tests the night before
I write papers the last minute before they are due. I do not read them before I turn them in.
I arrive late frequently
I am not good at planning or organizing.
I can’t seem to get motivated without pressure.
I am frequently preoccupied with one thing while I am doing something else.
I feel frustrated by the slowness of people and things around me; I hate to wait or stand in line.
I seem to rush between places and events.
I rarely have time (or save time) for myself.
I frequently wish that I had thought about things and acted sooner. Often, I am just too late.
TOTALS = Count your YES Scores
From 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
“YES” Scores
8-10 --You definitely have an urgency
5-7 -- You are a moderate procrastinator.
1-4 -- You may have some urgency
tendencies, but they are manageable.
We all do it to some
procrastinate! Look
at the map to the
left…does this seem
familiar??? Using a
sheet of paper, draw
your own map of your
What are the things
that take you away
from your priorities?
Sean Covey says it is “about learning to prioritize
and manage your time so that your first things
come first, not last. You may have a nice list
of goals and good intentions, but doing
them—putting them first—is the hard part.
Putting first things first also deals with the
learning to overcome your fears and being
strong during hard moments. Habit 3 is the
habit of “will power” (the strength to say yes to
your most important things) and “won’t
power” (the strength to say no to less
important things and to peer pressure).”
Complete the assignment by
clicking on the document.
Time Survey
This quick survey will help you
see where you spend most of
your time.
Is the place with the most
hours spent the most important
things to you or the most
important things that need to
be completed in your life? If
not, what needs to change?
Now is the time to put first things first…yes,
your friends may be very important to
you, but is that where the majority of
your time should be spent?
Write a paragraph about what needs to
change in your life so that you can
become a better manager of your time
and start putting first things
first…remember the Jar of Life example.
Win-Win Watch this clip
The video offers three other attitudes
that we can have. List the three different
 Write this on your own paper
Scenario handout-Read the handout. The
handout gives a brief description of the 4 life
Activity: Since you are now familiar with the 4
attitudes it is time for you to apply your
knowledge. You will be given multiple
scenarios and it is your job to determine which
attitude they fall into (Win-Lose, Lose-Lose,
Lose-Win, or Win-Win)
If the scenario is not Win-Win, you need to
rewrite it in a win-win format. What needs to
change in order for it to become Win-Win?
Scenario 1: You have had your eye on
someone for weeks, but you haven’t told
anyone. Your best friend meets the object
of your affection and is instantly attracted.
She asks you to ask your crush if he would
go out with her. You agree to do it and
give the guy your best friend’s phone
Scenario 2: You are running for class
president. You are confident that you will
win the election, but you still feel
threatened by your competitor. She is
known to be a straight-A student with good
morals and ethics. You decide to start a
rumor that “Miss Goody-Two-Shoes” is into
drugs and was arrested a few weeks ago
for marijuana possession. Your plan works.
The students shun “Miss Goody-Two-Shoes,”
and her popularity goes down the drain.
You win the election by a landslide.
Scenario 3: You and your best friend
applied to the same college. You
decide to open your admittance letters
together. You are accepted, but your
friend isn’t. Although you know he must
be disappointed, he turns to you and
congratulates you with genuine
Scenario 4: Your sister “borrowed” your favorite
CD without asking. When you ask her for it, she
gets a guilty look on her face. “I’m sorry, I
loaned it to a friend of min and he scratched
it.” You decide instead of getting mad, you will
get even. While your sister is out, you take her
favorite stuffed animal, the one she has slept
with every night since she was little, and chuck
it in the garbage.
That night, she looks all over the room for her
nighttime companion. She ends up going to
bed without it and cries herself to sleep.
Scenario 5: Your mom needs your help with a
luncheon at the church on Saturday. You
want to go to the amusement park with your
friends. Instead of refusing to help, you decide
to ask her if she needs your help for the whole
day. She tells you that if you can help her set
up from 8:00 a.m. until noon, she can probably
get some of the luncheon attendees to help
clean up.
On Saturday, you and your friends help your
mom set up for the luncheon and then head
over to the amusement park. When you get
home later that night, you find a note from
your mom expressing her appreciation for your
help and telling you that she loves you.
Now, give an example from your own life
with the 4 different attitudes. Make a
chart similar to this
How have
you either
been the
giver or
receiver of
these certain
Two campers come
upon an angry
bear. The first says,
"I'm glad I wore my
running shoes." The
second says, "you
can't outrun the
bear." The first says,
"I don't have to
outrun the bear, I
just have to outrun
5 Prezi
Take a look at this awesome Prezi
presentation! As you go through this
think about yourself as a listener…do you
seek to be understood first, then seek to
Step 1:
Divide a sheet of construction paper into 10 squares. On
the top 5 squares I want you to illustrate (in comic strip form) the 5 types
of poor listening.
1. Spacing out
2. Pretend Listening
3. Selective Listening
4. Word Listening
5. Self-Centered Listening
Step 2:
On the bottom 4 squares you will illustrate the 4 types of
genuine listening in the same comic strip form.
1. Eyes, ears and heart
2. Mirroring
3. Feedback
4. I-messages
Step 3:
In the empty square please illustrate the type of listening
you mostly do. Is it a poor type of listening or is it a genuine type of
listening? Then explain what you need to do to become a better
Use the Wordle
to come up
with your own
definition of
Create a
sentence using
each word.
You may have
to add some
fillers to make it
into a complete
Definition: to cooperate with another or
others, especially to remedy/fix
Olivet Middle School Football Team
Watch the video and read the article
about the Olivet Middle School football
How did the football team use synergy?
Write at least one paragraph describing how
the football team used synergy to accomplish
a goal.
Ask yourself a couple questions to help with your
1. Explain how the team achieved a goal
by drawing on others’ expertise and
2. Describe the result
From Bullied to Homecoming Queen
Now, it’s your turn to reflect. You have read
and seen two instances where people have
come together, despite their differences
(physical, mental, emotional, etc.) and
were able to accomplish a goal.
How have you done this in your own life?
Have you done this? If so, please give your
example and be specific. If not, tell us why
you believe you haven’t synergized?
How Do I Sharpen the Saw?
If you ever feel imbalanced, stressed out, or
empty inside, then you’re going to love
Habit 7. It was specially designed to help
you deal with these problems. Habit 7:
Sharpen the Saw is about keeping your
personal self sharp so you can better deal
with life. It means regularly renewing and
strengthening the four key dimensions of
your life—your body, your brain, your heart,
and your soul.
The Physical Dimension
-Exercise, eat healthy, sleep well, relax.
The Mental Dimension
-Read, educate, write, learn new skills.
The Emotional Dimension
-Build relationships, give service, laugh.
The Spiritual Dimension
-Meditate, keep a journal, pray, take in quality
man has been working hard to saw
through a tree for over three hours.
He still hasn’t cut through the tree
trunk. What might be wrong with the
man’s saw? What should he do?
What do you do to take care of
your body? What do you NOT
Could you make any
How you are working to
improve your brain? What
could you stop doing?
What could you start doing?
Can you think of someone
who really works on this area
of their life?
Brain Food
What are your plans
for “feeding” your
brain? Make a list of
things you want to
learn or things that
you want to do that
will teach you.
How you are working to improve your soul? What
things do you do that make you the most happy?
What feeds your soul? What
inspires you and gives you peace?
What are some songs, books or
movies that make you want to be a
better person? Is there a person
that makes YOU want to be better?
 Does
the heart matter? Are you
serving/helping anyone? What things
do you do to make friends and/or to
make other people happy? Can you
think of someone that really is good at
What Makes Your Saw
What Makes Your Saw
My saw is very
My saw is very dull!
What steps could you take to sharpen
your saw?
This slideshow was created by Casey Crawford using the
following resources:
The Seven Habits for Highly Effective People by Stephen
The Seven Habits for Highly Effective Kids by Sean Covey
The Seven Habits for Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

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