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Teens have a lot of things to worry about, such as fitting in with friends and family. They’re also trying to succeed at school, which can be difficult. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy way for teens to learn how to deal with all these issues? Author Sean Covey explores the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (1998), using positive habits that help teens improve their relationships and determine what they want out of life. Every teen is different, but great ones tend to share seven common traits:

  1. To be proactive, you need to tackle problems head on. You should also start with a desired outcome in mind and prioritize important tasks.

    1. The ability to believe that everyone can win at something, even if they haven’t before. 2. The willingness to understand others before they seek to be understood by you. 3. An eagerness to work with others and create better results together than the sum of what each person could do individually 4. A continual thirst for self-improvement and learning 5. Without cultivating these habits, teens will find it difficult to strengthen their relationships, improve their lives or meet goals

Teens should remember that they need to master one habit before moving on to the next. If a teen wants to improve his or her life, he or she needs to learn the seven habits in order. The first three habits are self-improvement habits and the last four are social skills. Self-improvement is impossible without mastering social skills.

To learn the habits, teenagers should make small, positive adjustments to their daily routines. For example, they could replace negative thoughts with positive ones or improve their ability to prioritize tasks. They should also remember that everyone occasionally engages in toxic behavior or makes mistakes; no one sticks to the seven effective habits perfectly. The goal should simply be to spend more time implementing the seven habits and improving your life. With time and effort, you can develop all of these skills needed for a long and happy life.

Key Point 1: Black-and-white thinking can hinder a teenager’s ability to succeed.

Everyone develops false perceptions over time. These can be positive, such as when a student believes that she can overcome any academic obstacle if she works hard enough. However, most of the time these perceptions are negative and harmful to people’s lives. Some common absolutist paradigms among teenagers include thinking that others are superior, attaining a degree will be too difficult, and family troubles can never be resolved. Believing in these stark paradigms or others like them makes it difficult for teenagers to see possibilities for addressing their problems or changing their situations.

Humans are prone to creating false perceptions of their lives. These perceptions usually stem from one’s passions and interests. For example, a teen who is passionate about soccer might center her life around that passion and not play basketball because she wants to please her parents by playing the sport they enjoy watching her play. She may later realize that she was unhappy with this decision in retrospect because it didn’t align with what she actually wanted out of life: playing soccer. Learning to be aware of these paradigms will help teens avoid making decisions based on them so they can live happier lives free from unhealthy influences.

Key Point 2: Effective teens tackle their problems instead of blaming others for them.

When it comes to addressing problems, teens tend to fall into two categories: those who react and those who proactively work toward solutions. Those who react blame others for their problems and lash out emotionally when presented with an upsetting situation. For example, after receiving a bad grade on a test, they might blame the teacher or younger siblings for distracting them from studying. The proactive teens will ask the teacher to go over the material again in order to understand what went wrong; they’ll find ways around distractions because ultimately it’s their responsibility that they get things done well.

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens Book Summary, by Sean Covey