7 habits of highly effective people.

According to Covey, the way people viewed success shifted in the 1920s to what Covey calls "personality ethic" (where success is a function of personality, public image, attitudes, and behaviors).

As mentioned, these 7 habits are based on the book by Steven Covey. I am a huge fan of this book, and their is a reason that it has gone on to sell over 25 million copies. 

These 7 habits are divided into Private Victory (habit 1–3) and Public Victory (habit 4–6). 

The last habit, 7, is meant to improve all of those previous habits and sustain their effectiveness.

1. Be Proactive

Proactive people, however, recognize they have responsibility for their lives.

2. Begin with the End in Mind

Envisioning what one wants in the future (a personal mission statement) so one can work and plan towards it.

3. Put First Things First

Prioritize Quadrant II because it is at the heart of effective personal management, addressing things like building relationships, long-term planning, exercising, and preparation.

Decision Matrix

4. Think Win-Win

Commit to creating Win-Win situations that are mutually beneficial and satisfying to each party.

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Replace autobiographical listening with empathy.

6. Synergize

Value differences - the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.

7. Sharpen the Saw

Devote time to your well-being which is classified into four dimensions; Physical, Spiritual, Mental, & Emotional.

This was a great read. I really enjoyed it. Number 5 stands out to me the most personally. As a manager in my field, empathy is a big part of what I need to do my job effectively. It all comes down to taking the time to get to know the people who surround you.

Thank you for sharing.

Number 5 stands out most to me. Empathy is often a lost trait and especially in digital communication where people can’t see each other, the vitriol spewed at others is astounding. We would do so much better to understand the other person rather than arguing.

The step I really like the most in this was definitely step three because as an individual it’s hard for me when I can start on a project because I usually just lump everything together and I have so many things in front of me it’s hard for me to try to figure out where I need to start first. So I never really had looked at it as which one is something I need to be done first which needs to be done last what can wait kind of idea so that was something that I really took away from reading this. And last but not least being proactive. I kind of feel like if you see something that needs done you need to do it or if you don’t have a time write it down and make a plan to get it finished.

I agree with all of these, but 5, 6, and 7 stand out. Seeking to understand is fantastic, because learning from others will take you far. You know what they say about being the smartest person in the room. Valuing other people is not only respectful, but also learning from other people. Taking care of your well being makes you more effective in accomplishing your goals.