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A New Level Of Thinking

Albert Einstein observed, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."
As we look around us and within us and recognize the problems created as we live and interact within the Personality Ethic, we begin to realize that these are deep, fundamental problems that cannot be solved on the superficial level on which they were created.
We need a new level, a deeder level of thinking - a paradigm based on the principles that accurately describe the territory of effective human being and interacting - to solve these deep concerns.
This new level of thinking is what "SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE" is about. It's a principle-centered, character-based, "inside-out" approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness.
"Inside-out" means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most INSIDE part of self - with your paradigms, your character, and your motives.
It says if you want to HAVE a happy marriage, BE the kind of person who generates positive energy and sidesteps negative energy rather than empowering it. If you want to HAVE a more pleasant, cooperative teenager, BE a more understanding, empathic, consistent, loving parent. If you want to HAVE more freedom, more latitude in your job, BE a more responsible, a more helpful, a more contributing employee. If you want to be trusted, BE trustworthy. If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on primary greatness of character.
The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves precedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.
Inside-out is a process - a continuing process of renewal based on the natural laws that govern human growth and progress. It's an upward spiral of growth that leads to progressively higher forms of responsible independence and effective interdependence.

I have never seen lasting solutions to problems, lasting happiness and success, that came from the outside in. What I have seen result from the outside-in paradigm is unhappy people who feel victimized and immobilized, who focus on the weaknesses of other people and the circumstances they feel are responsible for their own stagnant situation. I've seen unhappy marriages where each spouse wants the other to change, where each is confessing the other's "sins", where each is trying to shape up the other.
The dominent social paradigm of outside-in says the problem is "out there" and if "they" (meaning others) would "shape up" or suddenly "ship out" of existence, the problem would be solved.
Inside-out is a dramatic paradigm shift for most people, largely because of the powerful impact of conditioning and the current social paradigm of the Personality Ethic.

"We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time."

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