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Habit 1 — Be Proactive    
You're in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Recommended Reading:

The Little Engine That Could By Watty Piper

Although the Little Engine is not the biggest, the fastest or the newest, it just keeps trying. When all the other trains refuse to help, the Little Engine is proactive and a leader.

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind    
Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Recommended Reading:

The Very Busy Spider By Eric Carle

Throughout the story, the determined spider spins her web. She has an end in mind- to finish her web and catch a fly for dinner.
Habit 3 — Put First Things First    
Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Recommended Reading:

The Little Red Hen By Paul Galdone (or any version)

The Little Red Hen found wheat seeds and wanted help to plant them. No one would help so the Little Red Hen planted, watered and weeded the plants by herself. The Little Red Hen put first things first and enjoyed the results.
Habit 4 — Think Win-Win    
Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

Recommended Reading:

Rainbow Rish By Marcus Pfister

The Rainbow Fish believes he is the most beautiful fish in the ocean so he won’t play with the other fish. Once he has no friends, he seeks out advice and is told to give away some of his beautiful scales. While he initially refuses, he decides to be a leader and think win-win. He gives away just one scale but when he realizes how good it makes everyone (including himself) feel, he shares even more scales and has never been happier.

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood    
Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Recommended Reading:

The Runaway Bunny By Margaret Wise Brown

The Runaway Bunny follows the thoughts of the little bunny who thinks he would like to run away. By Seeking First to Understand, Mother Rabbit truly listens to her little bunny. She then Seeks to Be Understood by offering assurance that she will always come and find him. 

Habit 6 — Synergize    
Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Recommended Reading:

Swimmy By Leo Lionni

Swimmy is a little fish swimming alone in the ocean. He finds a school of fish like him and encourages them to come with him to see the other amazing ocean animals- but they are too scared. Swimmy uses synergy and leadership to come up with a plan.


Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw    
Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

Recommended Reading:

The Snowy Day By Ezra Jack Keats

Peter finds all kinds of imaginative things to do in the snow and even puts some snow in his pocket for later. Peter shows us how playing in the snow, being imaginative and taking a warm bath afterwards are all part of being a leader and sharpening our saw. 

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