The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey is one of my favorite inspirational authors. When I first read his bestseller, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," I knew this man had a knack at making the most complicated subjects simple to understand and easy to apply. Since some of you may not be familiar with his classic book, I’ve taken the liberty to summarize them. I’m confident you'll find them extremely powerful and trust that you would apply them in your life.
Habit 1 – Be Proactive: The habit of being proactive, or the habit of personal vision, means taking responsibility for our attitudes and actions. Take the initiative and responsibility to make things happen.
Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind: this is the habit of personal leadership. Start with a clear destination to understand where you are now, where you are going and what you value most.
Habit 3 – Put First Things First: This is the habit of personal management, which involves organizing and managing time and events. Manage yourself. Organize and execute around priorities.
Habit 4 – Think Win-Win: Win-Win is the habit of interpersonal leadership. Win-Win is the attitude of seeking mutual benefit. This thinking begins with a commitment to explore all options until a mutually satisfactory solution is reached, or to make no deal at all.
Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: This is the habit of empathic communication. Understanding builds the skills of empathic listening that inspire openness and trust.
Habit 6 – Synergize: This is the habit of creative cooperation or teamwork. Synergy results from valuing differences by bringing different perspectives together in the spirit of mutual respect.
Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw: This is the habit of self-renewal. Preserving and enhancing your greatest asset, yourself, by renewing the physical, mental, and social/emotional dimensions of your nature.
And here’s an awesome excerpt which will put our existence in proper perspective:
I believe that as human beings, we cannot perfect ourselves. To the degree to which we align ourselves with correct principles, divine endowments will be released within our nature in enabling us to fulfill the measure of our creation. In the words of Teilhard de Chardin, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”