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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Find Your Voice

In chapter 3 Covey offers his solution to the malaise many people find themselves in. That is to find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.

Finding you voice is based on the premise that each one of us has what Covey calls birth-gifts that can lead us to greatness. These gifts are:
1) Our freedom and power to make choices
2) A system of natural laws and principals which are universal
3) Our four intelligence/capacities
-- physical/economic
-- emotional/social
-- mental
-- spiritual

After you have understood your birth-gifts, you voice is expressed though the following manifestations of the four intelligences/capacities
1) Vision (mental)
2) Discipline (physical)
3) Passion (emotional)
4) Conscience (spiritual)

Chapters 4 and 5 of the book are focused on developing your four intelligence/capacities to find you own voice and then to express them. One of Covey's greatest strengths is his systematic approach to his material.

Here is a chart that summarizes Covey's approach to finding your voice:

BODYTo LivePhysical IntelligenceDisciplineNeed (Meeting Needs)
MINDTo LearnMental IntelligenceVisionTalent (Disciplined Focus)
HEARTTo LoveEmotional IntelligencePassionPassion (Love to Do)
SPIRITTo Leave a LegacySpiritual IntelligenceConscienceConscience (Do what's right)

If you don't appreciate Covey's approach to finding your voice, you might consider starting a blog instead.