The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a self-improvement book. It is written on Covey’s belief that the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions. The narration of real life experiences of Stephen R. Covey make The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People highly appealing and can’t be ignored while talking about self improvement books.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
The book is a process of adopting Seven Habits most of the highly effective people have and the author, Stephen R. Covey, has beautifully elaborated on each one of them. The habits are defined with real life examples which include the life of hundreds of the clients of Stephen R. Covey and his own personal life.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People are briefly defined below:
Everything happens twice in this world. Being proactive means being responsible for planning your actions before you do them or before they happen — you don’t wait until the action happens and then you react. First you plan something then you carry it out. In case, you don’t plan your actions before, they will be planned by someone else and when that happens you don’t have plans for it and therefore you react, which is not right most of the times.
2. Begin with the end in mind
You have to see a clear image of yourself, of your destination. Let’s take an example of an airplane: a plane takes off from Ohio for the destination of New York. When it comes across a storm, it changes its route to avoid the storm and then comes back to its original route as it passes the turbulent storm to make sure it moves towards its destination. Human beings should have such clear destinations so that if they change their route while facing hardships, they should come back to the route that lead them towards their set destination.
3. Put first things first
We have lots of things to pay attention to and give them time. However, we mostly give time to things that are urgent but aren’t important or even sometimes we don’t know which one to do first. We have to make a to do list, then, put them in a quadrant of important, not important, urgent and not urgent in order that we may understand which one to put first. Things that are urgent and important should be put first.
4. Think Win/Win
Human being tends to think about his own profits more than others, but if one wants to do well in life and in business, he should think about the benefit and well-being of everyone involved. In a business deal, prefer the option which is equally good for all the parties – only by adopting this method you can succeed.
5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Misunderstanding is a prevailing issue in 90% of the business and other relations. It is due to the phenomenon of seeking to be understood first. We think that only our matters are important; they, therefore, should be given the first priority. We expect that others should understand us and value what we believe in, which is the reason of many problems we face. We should try to perceive others and their point of view before we ask them to understand us. This is the only way to build healthy bonds with our friends, relatives, partner, and business partners.
After understanding the first five habits, try to combine them all together for your daily interactions. Take time daily to plan your every single action corresponding your goals, and destination. Prioritize the activities that are important and urgent, and then the activities that are important and not urgent. In your relationships, think well of everyone and attempt to understand them first before expecting them to understand you.
7. Sharpen the Saw
Take the time to maintain and renew your mind, body, emotions, and spirit.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Conclusion
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a highly recommended book for all those people who want have a productive life, a strong relationship and a successful business. If you are interested in grabbing a hand on the book, you may buy it from any book store or if you want to read it on a screen (mobile, iPad, laptop, desktop), download its PDF version from here. We have put a link below for download. We will introduce and make available more such books for you.
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