I recently read the book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. This self-help has been around for some time and has even been staring at me from my bookshelf for a couple years. This past week I gave it its deserved attention and found myself quite inspired. It took me a while to get through, but with many notes and concentration I now know what the seven habits are and how to institute them into my life and work.
Below you will find the seven habits and a brief description of each:
- Be Proactive- Start each day by hitting the ground running. Take initiative and move! Make your ideas happen and always find the light at the end of the tunnel.
- Begin with the End in Mind- Identify and clarify your short-term and long-term goals,but don’t let these ideas be binding if life takes you down a different path. When coming into a new company ask yourself, “What positive changes do I see being made by the end of the month? The year?”
- Put First Things First- Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize! What items on your to-do list will help you attain your goals? Put the most time and effort into these things rather than the mindless tasks. Creating detailed schedules can help you make sure everything gets done with the enriching tasks having the most time.
- Think Win-Win- Strive for compromise and mutually beneficial relationships. Good relationships will carry you a lifetime. There is not much to gain from short-term wins or arguments.
- Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood- Taking time to understand and listen to others will take you a long way. You will be knowledgeable and consequently perceived as trustworthy. Furthermore, since you put in time to listen it will be reciprocated!
- Synergize- Energize groups! Accomplish what no person alone could have. Creating teams with a positive work vibe is critical for effectiveness.
- Sharpen the Saw- This habit goes beyond the workplace. In order to take care of business, you have to take care of yourself! Find self-fulfilling activities such as yoga, meditation, or hiking. Also important is healthy eating and exercise.
I highly recommend checking out this book if you are interested in this type of reading! I have done some brief research looking for similar reads and found numerous titles that may interest any character. Happy reading!
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