7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens Essay

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Sometimes we can 't always control the bad things that happen to us. We can’t control the weather, our parents, and we can 't control past mistakes we have made. The way we let these things affect us can change our lives completely. It 's a matter of if we decide if we want them to affect us or not. In the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” it tells us that you decide whether you want your paradigm to be proactive or reactive. We can 't always control what happens to us...but we can control how we react to what happens to us. Everyone sees the world differently, has a different perspective, a different point of view; this is called a paradigm. According to “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” a paradigm is defined as the way you see something, it 's your point of view, a frame of reference, or belief. Another word for paradigm could be perceptions, these “paradigms” or perceptions create limitations on us. The book “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”,…show more content…
There are different types of paradigms, reactive and proactive and each paradigm is completely different. Stated in the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”, a reactive person gets upset or mad about things the things you can 't control causing you to act before thinking. Let 's put a reactive person in a situation that comes from the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”. Let 's say your best friends all hung out over the weekend and didn 't want you to know about it and purposely didn 't invite you. A reactive choice after this type of situation would be to shove past her, go out of your way to exclude her, or go into depression and feel sorry for yourself. Not only can you tell if someone is reactive from the way they act, but you can also tell by the way they speak. “I 'll try”, “I can 't” or “You ruined my day” is just some examples of what someone reactive would say. Reactive people get offended easily, blame others, criticize and complain, and get angry and say things that they
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