4 Ways to Improve Yourself ~ A cut above the rest.

Thursday, December 3, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

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(Photo: Stanley Tools)

You may have heard the phrase “Sharpen the Saw” in Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®. He uses the example of a woodcutter sawing day after day continually losing productivity as the blade of his saw becomes dull. The solution is to periodically sharpen his saw so he can continue to be productive as a woodcutter.

Times have changed!

If you have ever used a hand saw you might think a saw is a saw, it cuts through wood and you send up with two pieces of wood and a pile of sawdust in the end. Although this is true to a point, Stanley® Tools makes a saw, the FatMax® Saw with BladeArmor™, they also make this same saw without BladeArmor™.

“Yeah, so, who cares, what’s the difference?”

Now if you were to take these two saws and try to cut through a 2×4 you would realize the difference. The Stanley® FatMax® saw without BladeArmor™ will cut through the wood and it will do a sufficient job, it might tweak here and there and it might stick a bit from time to time but in the end you have two pieces of wood and a pile of sawdust. Now using the Stanley® FatMax® Saw with BladeArmor™, you will still end up having the same results, two pieces of wood and a pile of sawdust, but you will have it in half the time. Why? Because the BladeArmor™ gives you:

  • 50% less friction
  • 2x rust protection
  • 6x abrasion protection

You might spend a couple extra dollars, but in the end it is worth it because you created two pieces of wood and a pile of sawdust in half the time and you avoided the:

  • Extra friction of the saw cutting through the wood
  • Toll that rust can take on your saw
  • Abrasion caused by cutting through the wood

Now what if you could apply this concept to your day-to-day life. How would you like to go through life with your own armor which provides you:

  • 50% less life friction?
  • 2x protection against the corrosion caused by life?
  • 6x less abrasion from others?

You would love it! So why not take the time to upgrade your saw?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How sharp is your saw?
  • Does it cut smooth?
  • Does it cut straight?
  • Does it cut through wood like a hot knife through butter?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then take a step back and look at where you can make improvement to your skills.

What needs to be done to improve your saw?

First, you need to take time for yourself.

It is all too easy in this industrious world we live into skip a meal, forget to exercise and not sleep as much as we should. All of these things are important to keeping you healthy, energetic and alert. According to MayoClinic.com improving these areas of your life can help you to:

  • Enhance your mood
  • Combat disease
  • Manage weight
  • Boost your energy level
  • Promote better sleep
  • Improve your memory
  • Enrich your health

Second, spend time with your family, friends, and colleagues.

Studies have shown our social relationships can directly affect our mental and physical health. In order maintain solid relationships it is important to be:

  • Approachable
  • Genuine and honest to others
  • A good listener
  • Loyal and respectful of confidentiality when others confide in you
  • Supportive of their situations and to add perspective to what they say
  • Considerate of your relationships and giving of your time and self

Third, contrary to what you might think; YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING!

Take some time to learn. By taking time to improve your mental skills whether it be through formal classes, reading, writing or even teaching others. It will help you to:

  • Be more productive and efficient
  • Ensue a competitive character giving you an advantage over others
  • Enhance career opportunities
  • Improve your skills by getting better at what you do
  • Become a disciplined individual

Lastly, take time to enjoy life!

When was the last time you jumped out of bed in the morning exhilarated for the day with a complete calm, not thinking about the issues affecting your life? When is the last time you dived into a pile of autumn leaves, without thinking how dirty you were going to get? When is the last time you jumped in a puddle, with no concern of getting wet?

“Childhood is that state which ends the moment a puddle is first viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity.” – Kathy Williams

It’s about:

  • Finding peace in your life
  • Taking the time to appreciate all your existence has to offer
  • Enjoying those little circumstances you encounter each day which brighten your spirit.

There are a number of ways you can cultivate your spirituality:

  • Go for a nature hike
  • Listen to music
  • Visit a local gallery to appreciate some art
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Pray or attend church

“Everyday is a new opportunity…so don’t waste it!”

Each day provides you a new opportunity to renew your being. Take time for yourself, be social, spend time learning and enhance your spirit.

What will you do to improve your saw?

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