Are You Sharpening the Saw?

CoveyIn Stephen Covey’s transcendent book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People he says this about “sharpening the saw:”

Sharpening the saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life. Sharpen the Saw keeps you fresh…You increase your capacity to produce and handle the challenges around you. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish. Not a pretty picture, is it?

Ongoing training and development is a critical piece of sharpening the saw. This is especially true in healthcare where we are asked to navigate and process intense emotions, stress, and demands on a daily basis. If managers and team members aren’t continuously learning, reviewing, and reinforcing then they are regressing. Time spent working to improve and evolve is an investment in ourselves, our teams, and our patients.

How are you Sharpening the Saw professionally?

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