Students: The ‘7 Habits’ in kid’s language

Students supported their counselor Jerry Van Winkle at a Pajama Day last November. Van Winkle died of cancer in December. Students are, from left, Alyssa Hanson, Cole Borden, Jack Katovich, Jorja Hope and Johnna Hope. (Habit 5) (Cathi Nelson photo)

Students supported their counselor Jerry Van Winkle at a Pajama Day last November. Van Winkle died of cancer in December. Students are, from left, Alyssa Hanson, Cole Borden, Jack Katovich, Jorja Hope and Johnna Hope. (Habit 5) (Cathi Nelson photo)

Private Victory Habits

Habit 1: Be Proactive

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my attitudes and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things that I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule and achieve my goals. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

I balance courage for what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in other’s emotional bank accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6: Synergize

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I work well in groups, even with people who are different than me. I seek other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.