Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey – Part 2

Update: This is comeback from Part 1.

I don’t want to dwell too much on the man with this post, but if you are really interested in him you can find out more about Stephen R. Covey him on his homepage.

Please take note that these are just notes I found interesting within Stephen Covey’s best seller.

I would recommend you get yourself a copy because my interests might differ from yours.

If you might be reading this from home CNA, or Exclusive Books might have one available for.

If not, try asking one of your family members or your friends’ aunt or try bribing the librarian for a copy…or maybe not.

If all fails my partner in crime – Amazon.com - can meet you desire for this must have inspirational book.

So as promised in my previous post here are the 7 habits by Stephen Covey, put in my own words for better understanding (guess those English classes I took at high school have paid off).

The 7 Habits are as follows:


1. Be Proactive



– To my understanding this means you should rather take action rather than having to make a reaction.

- As in having control of a particular situation, for example, rather having the situation control YOU


2. Begin with the end in mind



– Which I personally believe refers to the power of having a vision , which can be has been well documented by John Assaraf in the May/June 2008 edition of the Succeed Magazine.


3. Put First things First



- This I believe refers to the ability of prioritizing.

- In my cases doing the house chores first before going to check up on the "Mrs."


4. Think Win Win



– During any interaction one must strive for the “Win Win” principle.

- Walking out of deal were one feels that they have “lost” and the other has “gained” or vise-versa, means you haven’t successfully grasped the concept of this particular principle.

- It’s Win-Win, not Lose-Win or Lose-Lose.


5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood



– ...how can I put it?

- Ok let's say you want to put your point across, it is best to understand the other person (sniffing out the emotion from the issue/concern) before you bring forth your issue/concern to the table.


6. Synergize



– This requires for one not to under perform on any of the above mentioned habits.


7. Sharpen the saw



– This could be explained better in a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased.”



These above mentioned habits are not as simple as I have laid them out here.

Stephen R. Covey has constructed them in a way that Habit 1, 2, and 3 are associated with your Private Victory.

Whereas Habit 4, 5, and 6 are linked to your Public Victory.

“…there is a gap between stimulus & response, and the key to both our growth & happiness is how we use that space.” – Stephen R. Covey.

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