Stephen R Covey on: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

English: Stephen Covey at the FMI Show, Palest...
English: Stephen Covey at the FMI Show, Palestrante on June 22, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is possible to be busy without being effective says Coven. How?

In this article, Stephen R. Covey in his bestselling classic, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, shares with us, insights on the things that help us be effective in our everyday lives. He called them Habits, and they are:

1 Being proactive.
This talks about thinking ahead. Being able to initiate a change rather than reacting to events. Being able to prevent a problem before it happens

2 Beginning with the end in mind.
This is like having a good mental picture of what we want the end to be. This is like creating a personal mission statement, or our ultimate objective and working backward from there. It’s like a self-guidance system that guides and guards our choices, so that whatever we do today is in line with the image created of ourselves at the end.

3 Put first things first. 
This talks about the power of priority. This Habit helps actualize Habit 2 above. When we have an ultimate picture in our mind, we plan and live each day with things that really matter at the back of our mind.

4 Think Win/Win.

This talks about being fair, balanced and reasonable in our daily transactions. One person’s success doesn’t need to be achieved at the expense of the success of others. Thinking win-win is a secret to better relationships.

5 Seek to understand, then to be understood. (That is, learn to empathize)

This talks about empathy. It talks about understanding and that ability to imaginatively enter into another person’s feelings. Without empathy, there is no influence. Without deposits in the emotional bank account in relationships, there is no trust. Genuine listening gives precious psychological air to the other person, and opens a window on to their soul.

6 Synergize.
Synergy results from the exercise of all the other habits. The more the good habits we embibe, the better the results we achieve.

7 Sharpen the saw.
Improve! Get better! Renew!  We need to balance the physical, spiritual, mental,and social dimensions of life. “Sharpening the saw” to increase productivity involves taking the time to regularly renew ourselves in these other areas or aspects of life that help create a good balance because all these parts compliment themselves.

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