The 7 Habits of
Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven R. Covey, provides a universal set of solutions to increase one's effectiveness in solving problems and issues.

The habits are:

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin With the End In Mind
  • Put First Things First
  • Think Win/Win
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the Saw

One fundamental concept to The 7 Habits is the concept of...

Paradigms

Paradigms are like our maps. When we want to go somewhere, our paradigms are what directs our routes.

What people tend to do is change their routes on their current maps. They focus on the the actions. But the issue is that you may have the wrong map. Change the map, change your paradigm, and get to your desired destination.

Become More Effective

Covey shows several ways to become more effective concerning your paradigms.

  • Examine

    "We see the world not as it is, but as we are."

    Examine your paradigms, the lens in which you see the world. If your paradigms are making you go backwards instead of forwards, change.

    But you have to remember the process of Be Do Have, and that it's an "inside" job. Changing your behavior, attitudes, and techniques do not measure up to changing your paradigm. The shift within will shift your outside world.

  • Challenge

    Challenge your social conditioning. When we came into this world, we didn't immediately think, "Money is bad. I can't do it. Success is only for certain people." You may have been conditioned this way.

    When you begin to challenge your conditioning, you break down the barriers that have been imprisoning you. You open up to new possibilities like achieving financial freedom. How can you let new ideas in if you don't make room by letting go of old ideas that don't work?

  • Align

    Align with principles. Principles are timeless, self-evident laws. These natural laws include truth, human dignity, patience, integrity, quality, reap what you sow, do unto others as they do unto you, and many more.

    They never change under any circumstances. Take the law of gravity. Whether you agree with it or not, the law of gravity will always govern.

    Covey stresses the importance of effectiveness over efficiency. If you go through life trying to be efficient with people by spending less time with them, you'll lose your effectiveness.

    For example, a relationship will grow with another person if you seek to understand them rather than getting your point across first. The amazing thing is that as you become more effective with other people, you will be more efficient.


Read this book. Study its principles. Remember, principles are not values.

But, you can value principles. Once you do, you will begin to align with them and your effectiveness will grow.

Develop the habits Covey lays in front of you in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Then, you can enjoy watching the world and your wealth change before your eyes.

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