We all want to succeed in the things we do – don’t we? According to one famous writer, the path to success is identifying the habits that can help us on our journey. Ever heard about 7 habits of highly effective people? First published in 1989, this self-help book was written by Stephen R. Covey and has sold millions of copies over the world. And it still does. Covey’s valuable lessons are not outdated at all. Worse still, we all should all be aware of these habits more often.
Covey believes that life doesn’t just ‘happen’. You make the choices (well, a lot of them). You choose happiness, you choose failure. Every moment in life provides a new choice and you get the opportunity to choose whatever you want to choose. By choosing something different than you would normally would, you could achieve more positive results. The 7 habits are:
Don’t sit and wait for a change, but make the change yourself. Take responsibility for your own life. Work from the center of your influence and constantly aim to expand it.
Begin with the end in mind
Make a plan for success. Think it through. You create your own destiny and secure the future you envision. If your ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step you take gets you to the wrong place faster.
Put first things first
Life’s about balance and you’re in charge of your own life. It’s okay to say no when necessary and then focus on your highest priorities.
Thinking win-win isn’t about being nice, it’s a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration. Win-win sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Many people think in terms of either/or: either you’re nice or you’re tough. Win-win requires that you be both. According to Stephen R. Covey, it’s a balancing act between courage and consideration.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Communication is the most important skill in life. Most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. By doing so, you ignore the other person completely and selectively hear only certain parts of the conversation but miss the meaning entirely.
Two heads are better than one. Teamwork makes the team work! Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation.
Sharpen the saw
Balance your mind and body for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical (beneficial eating, exercising, resting), social/emotional (making meaningful connections with others), mental (learning, reading, writing), and spiritual (meditation, music, art).