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7 habits of highly effective people

7 habits of highly effective people

Powerful lessons in personal change
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The first three habits surround moving from dependence to independence:


Habit 1: Be Proactive

Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they aligne with life's principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and consequences that follow.


Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life. 


Habit 3: Put first things first

A manager must manage his own person. Personally. And managers should implement activities that aim to reach the second habit. Covey says that rule two is the mental creation; rule three is the physical creation. 





The next three habits talking about interdependence (working with others)


Habit 4: Think win-win

Genuine feelings for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had got his way.


Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood

Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere  of caring, and positive problem solving. 


Habit 6: Synergize

Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. 


Continious improvements


The final habit is that continious improvement in both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence


Habit 7: Sharpen the saw

Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (yoga, meditation, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to sociaty for spiritual renewal.


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