Back in the Habit by Fatima Salaam

For many women, August signals the end of summer and the beginning of a busy season. Back to school. Back to the grind at work before holiday season. Back to business. For some, this is a time when we need to lean most on hard won habits. For others, this is the time when we fall back on coping methods and bad choices.

What is a habit?  A habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. Every day we wake up and make choices and decisions all day long. We can choose daily disciplines like drinking 8 glasses of water and walking or make errors in judgement like eating a Big Mac and going to bed late. Our daily disciplines or errors in judgement become our habits over time. We do them without thinking.

Why? For the next few months, we wanted to focus on the power of habits. Stephen R. Covey has two excellent books that we will highlight which feature powerful lessons called ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ and ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families’. His books support Go Women Global’s approach because they are based on a principle-centered paradigm. This ethic is based on the fundamental idea that there are principles that govern human effectiveness.

How? Stephen Covey defines a habit “as the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire”. Knowledge is the what to do and why, skill is the how to do, and desire is the want to do. “In order to make something a habit in our lives, we have to have all three”. The first habit is Be Proactive. Simply put it is the space between sh*t happening and how we respond to sh*t happening. We can choose to take personal “response-ability” or blame. We can choose to be empowered or be a victim. We can choose to problem solve or sit in the sh*t. It is up to us.

For the next week, I challenge you to practice being proactive. When a situation occurs or is forecasted remember that we have the freedom to choose:

  1. To be self-aware
  2. Use our imagination
  3. Exercise our conscience
  4. To act rather than be acted upon
  5. To accept and not judge.

Go Women Global believes that you can win. It is essential that a solid foundation is laid and cemented for lasting success. We developed a system based on our Power of Ten Principles-Belief, Courage, Self-Awareness and Development, Vision, Mission, Core Values, Authentic Brand, Strategic Living, Sacred Sexuality, and Mastery. For more information, please check out our website:

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