Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The 7 habits of highly effective people habit 1 (Be Proactive) – Michael Schumacher

In this chapter, the author introduces 3 common conditioning and conditions can affect the individual behavior. These are genetic determinism, psychic determinism and environmental determinism. Genetic determinism can be inherited from your parents or grand parents. Psychic determinism can be explained as childhood experience in family or in school. Environmental determinism is someone or something in your environment is responsible for you situation. Highly effective people can choose in a correct choice in any environment and conditions. Their response is proactive. They do not blame circumstances, conditions or conditioning for their behavior. They won’t affect by feelings, conditions environment. They are driven by values and produce high quality work. They can carefully think and select.

Apart from reactive people, they are simply affecting by the physical environment such as weather. Moreover, they are also affected by their social environment. They are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, by environment. 

Reactive Language:
Proactive language:
There’s nothing I can do.
Let’s look at our alternatives.
That’s just the way I am.
I can choose a different approach.
He makes me so mad.
I control my own feelings.
They won’t allow that.
I can create an effective presentation.
I have to do that.
I will choose an appropriate response.
I can’t.
I choose.
I must.
I prefer.
If only.
I will.

In this chapter, I choose a statistically the greatest driver in Formula One. The first Germany of World Championship – Micheal Schumacher. Schumacher is a seven-time World Champion and is widely regarded as the greatest F1 driver of all time. He holds many of the formula's driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004. In 2002 he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. According to the official Formula One website he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen".

Micheal Schumacher started to kart at the age of 4. His parents supported him to become a driver, his father took on a second job renting and repairing karts and his wife worked at the track’s canteen. When he was 12 years old, he obtained a license in Luxembourg. Between the years of 1988-1990, he won several champions in Formula three. In 1991, he started to join the Formula One in Benetton team. In his childhood, his family was fully supporting his racing career. According to this chapter, psychic determinism and environmental determinism are determined his teenage. 

In the 1994 season, Schumacher’s first Drivers’ Championship, he won the first seven races. After the Spanish Grand Prix, Benetton, Ferrari and MaLaren teams were investigated on suspicion of breaking the FIA imposed ban on electronic aids. At the British Grand Prix, Schumacher was penalized for overtaking on the formation lap. He ignored the penalty and the subsequent black flag. He was disqualified and later given a two race ban. In that year, he won a very controversial championship. The season, however, was marred by the deaths of Ayrton Senna ( witnessed by Schumacher, who was directly behind in 2nd position ) 

Starting the year of the Formula One, his behavior showed that he was a proactive person. As a proactive person put all the concerns in a circle and try to search for solutions to overcome the barriers. For the death of the Ayrton Senna in the 3rd round of the race, he received quite a lot of complains from Ayrton Senna’s fans. Althrough the breaking system is penalized by FIA. Schumacher was banned 2 races in that season. All those effects won’t let him down. As being a proactive person, his behavior won’t affect by any circumstanes and noise from the audience. He would search for opportunity to win the race. In his mind, he won’t affect by the noise with the death of Ayrton Senna and the collision with Damon Hill. He won’t accept those complains and search for the opportunity to prove to the audience he was a great driver in sports car. As the defination of proactive people, they are driven by values and produce high quality work. They can carefully think and select. 

At the 1997 European Grand Prix, the last race fo the season, Schumacher led one point in the Drivers’ Championship. This Canadian young driver Jacques Villeneuve threaten Schumacher’s Forumula One Chamionship. Schumacher tried to hit Jacques’s car in order to retire both of them in the race. Then he will became the World Championship in 1997. Finally, Schumacher retired in the race and Jacques finished in third place. Jacques took 4 points and became the World Champion. 2 weeks later, Schumacher was disqualified from the entire 1997 season after a FIA disciplinary hearing found that Schumacher made this mistake from his malice or premeditation. Usually, a proactive person will fail in a circle of influence which is a self-inflicted emotional myopia. The action is came from a reactive selfish life-style. 
The author indicates that proactive people will put all the concerns in a circle. This circle can bring awareness to focus on these concerns. The proactive people will focus their efforts in the circle of influence. Their work can solve or work out those concerns. Reactive people focus on the weakness of other people, the problems in their environment etc. They start to blame and accuse. Negative energy will be generated in this case. They empower the things within it to control their life. Another way of reactive people reflects a self-inflicted emotional myopia. These are caused by the position, wealth, role or relationships. If someone says to a proactive person that you can't do something. The proactive person will tell himself that he has a choice to choose to win and deny the comment. A reactive person will accept the comment.


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