Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

1. BE PROACTIVE.  Being proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. You can't keep blaming everything on your parents or grandparents. Proactive people recognize that they are "response-able."

2. BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND.  What do you want to be when you grow up? That question may appear a little trite, but think about it for a moment. Are you, right now, who you want to be, what you dreamed you'd be, doing what you always wanted to do? Be honest.

3. PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST.  To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay. There's no need to overextend yourself. All it takes is realizing that it's all right to say no when necessary and then focus on your highest priorities

4. THINK WIN-WIN.  Think Win-Win isn't about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration. Most of us learn to base our self-worth on comparisons and competition.

5. SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD.  Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you had that enables you to listen so you really, deeply understand another human being? Probably none, right?

6. SYNERGIZE.  To put it simply, synergy means, "two heads are better than one." Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems.

7. SHARPEN THE SAW.  Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have, you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. 

8. FROM EFFECTIVENESS TO GREATNESS.  In today's challenging and complex world, being highly effective is the price of entry to the playing field. To thrive, innovate, excel, and lead in this new reality, we must reach beyond effectiveness toward fulfillment, contribution, and greatness. Research is showing, however, that the majority of people are not thriving.


The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey, Free Press 1989