Bailey’s 7 Habits Blog Post

The Can-do Attitude:

Half of being proactive is having a “can-do” attitude. Can-do people think about solutions and options. They act, and take initiative to make things happen. Can-do people are courageous and smart, persistent and resourceful. They don’t wait for the perfect job! They go out and find it, and then they do their best to get it.

On the other side of the table are the “no-can-do” people. They think about problems and barriers. They are acted upon, and wait lazily for good things to happen to them. Looking for a good job, and can’t find one? Instead of sending out a resume or asking around, no-can-do people sit, whine, and complain about their unfortunate circumstances, which of course is not their fault at all.

Obviously, being a can-do person is the choice Sean Covey wants you to make. Just look at the quote he added in from Aviator Elinor Smith, “It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

However, being a can-do person is also the choice that will be the most fun, and allow for things that you actually want to do. It is nice being a can-do person! Everyone sees you as someone who gets things done. If you do everything on time (be it school assignments or getting your room cleaned) you will then have time afterwards to spend time on things that you want to be doing.

I know that when I have a school paper due in three days, I can divide up the writing of it among those three days so that each day I will not have so much work to do. I think that I can do it, and I end up having extra time to spend as I please. It is much easier then trying to cram it all in on one afternoon.

Overall, thinking can-do is the best way to get things done that need to be done, and still have some “you-time”. Can-do thinking will make life much easier and more enjoyable.