7 Habits Of Highly Effective People — by Stephen R. Covey

Are you ready to add new habits to be more effective?

The bestselling author emphasizes that many successful people still search the self-development and the possibility to improve relationships. He ensures readers that we need to start changes from ourselves to see the things from new perspectives.

The problem is that now we search fast solutions to achieve success but we get a short-term result. These 7 habits will bring you long-term benefits to increase your effectiveness. They promote self-mastery, teamwork, growth and so on.

Habit 1

People have to concentrate time and energy on the right things. We have to get rid of doubt and to take action.

The author encourages exploring our character and taking responsibility for our decisions. It’s mean to change our mind, our behavior, to seek the solution inside, not outside. We have to do something to change the situation for the better. For example, manage our emotions.

We have not to worry about the things that beyond our control. Make little steps to reach our big goals.

Habit 2

Make clear vision about your personal goals and see yourself in a positive light. Decide what value you need and want to have.

Align your actions with your inner wishes and ensure that your activity fulfills you. Make time for thinking and reevaluation your path.

Not to base your life on preferences of other people. Follow your own idea and purposes.

Many people are money-centered, family-centered, pleasure-centered, friends-centered and so on. Our centers influence a lot on us but instead of them, we have to be principle-centered to know what we want and follow our values.

Habit 3

This habit requires time-management, discipline skills to see urgent and important tasks. The author suggests creating your own table (see below) to evaluate the time that you spend in each sector.

Habit 4

Covey advises creating the relationships where two sides will win. This communicating includes collaborative learning, influence, and habit of leadership. “It liberates us from needing to manipulate people and push our own agenda. We can be open and really try to understand the underlying issues.” We have to pay attention on the result to achieve this habit.

Book encourages working on our ability to be happy about other persons’ successes because people with Scarcity Mentality cannot do it. We need to become genuine to overcome this wrong mindset and old character.

Habit 5

This habit demands strong listening skill to understand another person’s emotions. Empathic listening and your ability to share your ideas clearly correct misunderstandings.

Habit 6

People need to learn work collaboratively to reach the purposes with new possibilities. It means that you may reinforce your efforts through mutual potential and creativity.

You have to create a safe and trustful environment when you will build relationships to open new insights and achievements. In the communicating process, you will learn to notice good things in other people. Learn to deal with difficult people to change yourself and gain new communication skill.

Habit 7

Change your behavior, your character and attitude to the life and people to provide upgrading, then you will be more effective and you will feel a new power.

Covey teaches to work on 4 areas in the life: physical, spiritual, mental and social. The seventh habit demands to build meaningful positive relationships with understanding and mutual benefits. Also, we need to improve the mental area by reading and learning to become open-minded persons. Maximize the spending of our time and resources. Spiritual area requires strengthening the commitment to the value system. Provide physical improvement with good food, exercises, relaxation and remember to care about your health.

To answer your inner needs and become more effective, we need to pay attention to each area of our lives, our and other’s emotions, learn to collaborate and understand each other. We have to be principle-centered to know what we want and follow our values.

The author encourages exploring our character and taking responsibility for our decisions. It’s mean to change our mind, our behavior, to look for the solution inside, not outside, to take action for the solving. This action will bring us growth, development, and fulfillment.

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