Revisiting Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Stephen Covey's famous book - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - is now more than 30 years old. However, its messages are timeless because they focus on the important elements of which we should always be aware - honesty, integrity, fairness and human dignity.
Having read it many years ago, I wanted to revisit it to remind myself of the 7 Habits, so that I could continue to take them through my life. My interpretation of these are:
- Always try to be proactive. Tackle the things you can accomplish and do not worry about the things that you cannot change or influence. You are responsible for YOU.
- Know where you want the finish line to be and develop a plan to get there. Be the person you always wanted to be.
- Get into the habit of prioritizing tasks that will help you achieve your goals and do these first. Don't get side-tracked into other things.
- Aim for business and personal relationships in which everyone wins. Win-win relationships are always healthy and worthwhile.
- Understand the needs of others and put these first. Learn to listen effectively.
- Create synergy and innovation within relationships. Use teamwork to solve problems.
- Maintain a balanced view by caring for yourself in all areas : physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual.
They may seem obvious, but it is so easy to let things slide and not pay attention to one or more habits.
Then we find ourselves being less effective and sometimes completely unable to function.
Do you focus on these 7 Habits? If not, how do you maintain your equilibrium?