The 7 habits of highly effective people

Here is a summary of the seven habits of highly effective people according to Stephen Covey. The 7 habits of highly effective people are;

  1. Be proactive

We are in charge of our lives; we chose the script by which to live our lives. Reactive people take a passive approach and they believe the world is happening to them. The author believes that proactive people take responsibility of their lives, and to be highly effective you must take responsibility of you life too.

  • Begin with the end in mind

Start with a clear destination or goal in mind. What do you want to achieve? With clear destination in mind we can make decision and take steps that will lead to the right direction.

  • Put first things first

Prioritize between what is important and what is urgent. In order to maintain discipline we must have the will power to do something we do not want to do in order achieve our goal. Remember, not everything that is urgent is important.  The author states “the key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

  • Think win-win

Think in a way that both parties win. Agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying to both parties. Covey states “to go for win-win, you not only have to be nice, you have to be courageous’.

  • Seek to understand, then to be understood

Before we can offer solution or advice, you need to actively listen and deeply understand the other person. Covey “You’ve spent years of your life learning how to read, write and speak. But what about listening?’

  • Synergize

Synergy allows us to create new alternatives and open new responsibilities. Synergy allows us as a group to collectively agree to ditch the old script and write new ones. Covey writes without doubt, you have to leave the comfort zone of base camp and comforts an entirely new and unknown wilderness.

  • Sharpen the saw

To be highly effective, we must devote the time to renewing ourselves physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially. Continuous learning and renewal allows to synergistically increasing our ability to practice each habit. Covey writes “not a day goes by that we can’t at least serve one other human being by making deposit of unconditional love.

I hope you have enjoyed and learned something from this summary. You can buy “The 7 habits of highly effective people” at amazon.  To learn more about the author or to request our services please visit http://www.midwesterninc.com and please make sure to follow us.

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