Sharpen the Saw!

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Can we all agree that it seems like life has gotten tougher and there is less room today for complacency? Have you heard the famous Dr. Stephen Covey saying, “Sharpen the Saw” from his best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People? So what does ‘Sharpen the Saw’ really mean and how can it help us?

Well, when the late Dr. Stephen Covey referred to Sharpening the Saw he often used the common analogy of a woodcutter who had been sawing for several consecutive days and was becoming less and less productive. I think we can all see how the process of cutting or sawing over and over would eventually dull the blade, right? So, I guess the solution to this dulling would be to periodically stop and sharpen the saw, right?

Well, Dr. Covey takes this analogy a step further by explaining that when we sharpen the saw we are really preserving and enhancing the greatest asset that we have, which is ourselves. And how do we do this? Well, according to Dr. Covey, we do our best when we take time to practice a balanced and self-renewing of our physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual lives.

It’s better to take a step back in life and contemplate on whether we are working smarter or just harder. At this very moment, are we really living our lives smarter and in a way that will bring us more joy, satisfaction, skill, and balance? Or are we just spinning our wheels, getting bogged down, ignoring our needs, and digging ourselves a messy rut in that muddy quagmire called life?

Now please share with the rest of us how you plan to use Granddaddy’s secret of,  ”Sharpen the Saw!”


Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

Author of the Granddaddy’s Secrets book series

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