“There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated
from right living.” — David Starr Jordan
This week we learned about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. He is the is co-founder and co-chairman of FranklinCovey Company, the world’s largest
management and leadership development company. We all want to be successful and effective. These habits narrow down how to do that and what we need to focus on to achieve our goals. I wanted to summarize each of the habits in my own words and what I think they mean. They are as follows:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Focus on what you can change. Be a doer, not a whiner. It’s easy to talk about problems, but hard to come up and carry out solutions. Stay active!
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Envision what success will feel like and be. You have to know what you’re working towards and focus on. There needs to be a destination in the journey.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Manage your life. Prioritize and figure out what’s essential and what is not.
Habit 4: Think Win‐Win
It’s not about what I want, but what everyone wants. In a world that teaches you about being competitive, it’s hard to have a cooperative mentality. It is also ok to agree to disagree if a win/win cannot be accomplished. You have to seek agreemants and relationships that are equally beneficial to both parties.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Empathetic listening and active listening are key here. It’s not enough just to shake your head while someones talking, you really have to understand where they are coming from before your want to be understood.
Habit 6: Synergize “Two heads are better than one.”
“Teamwork makes the dream work.” Synergy cannot happen without the above habits.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
You need to rejuvinate and regroup yourself. Always keep learning. Learn to work smarter instead of just harder. Focus on areas of physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual goals and take time to develop each area.