Response to two classmates | INDS 400 – Knowledge Synthesis for Professional and Personal Development | Liberty University

Classmate ONE: Covey’s approach to organizing life in the book “The 7 Habits of  Highly Effective People” has consistent themes with a Christian  worldview. For example, in the when speaking about the second habit he  emphasizes greatly that are minds need to be focused on the future, or  the end goal. This is consistent with a Christian worldview because as  believers we are to work hard on earth and glorify God with out actions  with the end goal in mind. The end goal, for a person with a Christian  worldview, is to be in complete unity and presence with God. So, when  Convoy mentions having our eyes looking toward the end, it can be  related to many aspects of a Christians life. Covey also expresses the  importance of knowing what is important to us and keeping that in mind  throughout the day to day interactions (Covey, 2016). He believes that  keeping our biggest motivation will motivate us to do the truly do what  is important in life. Believersshould also live by this principle.  Ephesians 2:8 reads, 
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this  is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” and really shows how  amazing the gift of salvation is (English Standard Bible, 2001/2016).  Christians should be motivated by this amazing gift to serve and glorify  God with their life. The Lord and our relationship to Him should be  what is most important when we have a Christian worldview. Daily  reminding ourselves about this will help to keep us motivated to do the  good works that the Lord has called us to in Ephesians 2:10 which  reads, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good  works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”  (English Standard Bible, 2001/2016) 
Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. (original work published 2001)
Covey,  R. (2016). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. [Liberty University Online Bookshelf]. Retrieved from
Classmate TWO: 
 As I have been reading through Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly  Effective People”, one topic really stood out to me and challenged me to  think about my life and my problems and the things that I worry about  in a whole new way. That topic is our Circle of Concern vs. our Circle  of Influence. This idea of compartmentalizing your life into things that  you can control and influence and the things that you can’t control and  shouldn’t worry about can really alleviate stress and help you focus on  the things that you can change, which in most cases is yourself and  your attitude. I think that this idea lines up perfectly with a  Christian worldview. There are many verses and stories in the Bible that  support this topic of believers doing what they can in their situations  and surrendering their concern and worries over to God to take care of.  For example, Joseph was wrongly sold into slavery by his brothers, and  yet even when he was thrown into prison he focused on and faithfully  stewarded his small sphere of influence until the prison guard noticed  him, put him in charge of the prison and then he was eventually made  second in command over all of Egypt. Because he turned over his Circle  of Concern to the Lord, God took care of his every need and blessed him  by widening his Circle of Influence. Covey shared a story in chapter 1  about a boss who had a lot of strengths but was quite hard to work for. A  lot of the emplyees complained and grumbled about him, except for one  man who instead of complaining, tried to compensate for the bosses  weaknesses which inevitably caused him to work more with the boss  instead of under him and expanded his influence in the company. Covey  says this:  “This  man’s success was not dependent on his circumstances. Many others were  in the same situation. It was his chosen response to those  circumstances, his focus on his Circle of Influence, that made the difference.”  (Covey. 2020. p. 59) We as Christians not only have this same  opportunity, but we have the chance to widen our Circle of Influence for  the good of the Kingdom of God. It all starts when we stop focusing on  our Circle of Concern, and do what we can with our Circle of Influence. 
Covey, S. R. (2020). The 7 habits of highly effective people. Simon & Schuster UK Ltd. 

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