THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE #PersonalEffectiveness #StephenCovey

Habit 1: Be Proactive. People are responsible for their own choices and have the freedom to choose based on principles and values rather than on moods or conditions. They are able to develop and use their four unique human gifts–self-awareness, conscience, imagination and independent will–and take an inside-out approach to creating change. They choose not to be victims, to be reactive or to blame others.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. Highly effective people shape their own future by creating a mental vision and purpose for their life, their week or day and for any project, large or small. They don’t just live day to day without a clear purpose in mind.

Habit 3: Put First Things First. Highly effective people live and make decisions with a clear sense of what is most important. They organize and execute around their most important priorities as may be expressed in their personal, family and organizational mission statements. They are driven primarily by purpose, not by the agendas and forces surrounding them.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win. Highly effective people think in terms of mutual benefit. They foster support and mutual respect. They think interdependently–“we,” not “me”–and develop win-win agreements. They don’t think selfishly (win-lose) or like a martyr (lose-win).

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Seek first to listen with the intent to understand the thoughts and feelings of others, then seek to effectively communicate your own thoughts and feelings. Through understanding, highly effective people build deep relationships of trust and love. They give helpful feedback. They don’t withhold feedback, nor do they seek first to be understood.

Habit 6: Synergize. Highly effective people focus on their strengths and celebrate and thrive on the strengths of others so that by respecting and valuing others’ differences, the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. They develop with others third-alternative solutions to problems that are better than what any one person would on their own. They don’t go for compromise (1 + 1 = 11/2) or merely cooperation (1 + 1 = 2) but creative cooperation (1 + 1 = 3 or more).

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Highly effective people increase their effectiveness by renewing themselves regularly in the four areas of life: body (physical), mind (mental), heart (social/emotional), and spirit (spiritual–service, meaning and contribution).

Stephen Covey said, “As you commence reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I promise you an exciting learning adventure. Share with your loved ones and those with whom you work what you are learning. And, most important, start applying what you are learning. Remember, to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”

About the author

Recognized as one of TIME magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen Covey was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and author. His books have sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of Franklin Covey Co., a global performance improvement company. Stephen Covey passed away on July 16, 2012. His legacy to the world is Principle-Centered Leadership and his many contributions will live on through the principles he loved, taught and espoused.


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