Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

From the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Consciously choose the most effective action in any given situation, thereby increasing your credibility and your influence. Develop behavior that not only improves your own effectiveness, but also strengthens the people with whom you interact.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Develop a clear definition of what is and is not important to you. Create the most important road map you’ll ever have: your Personal Mission Statement.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Gain a reputation for excellent follow-through and superior organizational skills by greatly increasing your ability to focus on your top priorities. Learn to use a proven planning system that will help you achieve greater balance and success.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Easily share recognition and success without fear of diminished personal importance. Create effective, long-term personal and professional relationships built on mutual respect and mutual benefit.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Develop the skills of effective communication that lead to greater influence and faster problem solving. Learn to listen for clarity while eliminating prejudices and the desire to prescribe.

Habit 6: Synergize

Value and celebrate differences and understand how they contribute to innovative and better solutions. Maximize opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds rather than feeling threatened by them.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Maintain and increase your newfound effectiveness by continually renewing yourself mentally and physically.

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