As mentioned in Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits, the glitter of the personality ethic, the massive appeal, is that there is some quick and easy way to achieve quality of life - personal effectiveness and rich, deep relationships with other people – without going through the natural process of work and growth that makes it possible. It's symbol without substance. It's the "get rich quick" scheme promising "wealth without work." And it might even appear to succeed -- but the schemer remains.

In all of life, there are sequential stages of growth and development. A child learns to turn over, to sit up, to crawl, and then to walk and run. Each step is important and each one takes time. No step can be skipped.

This is true in all phases of life, in all areas of development, whether it be learning to play the piano or communicate effectively with a working associate. It is true with individuals, with marriages, with families, and with organizations.

But what happens when we attempt to shortcut a natural process in our growth and development? If you are only an average tennis player but decide to play at a higher level in order to make a better impression, what will result? Would positive thinking alone enable you to compete effectively against a professional?

What if you were to lead your friends to believe you could play the piano at concert hall level while your actual present skill was that of a beginner?

The answers are obvious. It is simply impossible to violate, ignore, or shortcut this development process. It is contrary to nature, and attempting to seek such a shortcut only results in disappointment and frustration.

All the best,

John Meredith
The Learning Center – A UK partner of Franklin Covey

Author's Bio:

Working in partnership with Stephen Covey and Franklin Covey, to enable individual and organisational leadership and greatness, through understanding and living the principles of 7 Habits, to achieve continuous improvements in performance and quality of life.

John Meredith creates and facilitates principle centered personal, team and organisational development programmes. His particular areas of expertise are promoting self discovery, self mastery and self fulfilment whilst making the learning process fun.

John has delivered programmes and provided advice to many multinational companies in Europe, USA, South America and Asia for the past 25 years.