1. Be proactive. Don’t sit around and wait for things to happen to you, because then you’re going to be mired in crap every day. Anticipate what’s going to happen and do things before they need doing. Skate to where the puck is going, not where it’s been. This makes you a clairvoyant who mysteriously seems perfectly prepared.
  2. Begin with the end in mind. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re not going to get there. The clearer you are about where want to go, the easier it is to make decisions about what to do and what not to do. When you do this, you waste less time with irrelevant crap, and become a heat-seeking missile.
  3. Put first things first. In a single word, prioritize. The most important thing is usually the scariest or hardest thing, so we tend to avoid it altogether and invent reasons as to why the 2nd or 3rd thing should be done first. But do the first thing first. Use the urgent/important matrix.
  4. Think win-win. The best way to get what you want is to deserve it. Put yourself in the shoes of the other person– why should they help you? What’s in it for them? Nobody achieves great things by themselves.
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. It’s always tempting to explain why you’re right. But nobody cares about you, they care about themselves. So understand where they’re coming from, what their worries and concerns are, what they want. And you’ll be better positioned to achieve #4, and get what you want.
  6. Synergize. This has become a dirty buzzword, but the simple original meaning was simply “create outcomes where the wholes exceeds the sum of their parts”. Do things together that you couldn’t have done independently.
  7. Sharpen the saw. Take care of yourself. You gotta be sustainable. Eat, exercise, sleep, rest. Read, learn new things. Take care of your relationships.

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