Revisiting Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Last Update: December 11, 2021

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Know where you want the finish line to be and develop a plan to get there. Be the person you always wanted to be.
  3. 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.
  4. Aim for business and personal relationships in which everyone wins. Win-win relationships are always healthy and worthwhile.
  5. Understand the needs of others and put these first. Learn to listen effectively.
  6. Create synergy and innovation within relationships. Use teamwork to solve problems.
  7. 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?

Regards

Jenni

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FKelso Premium Plus
Ah, yes, I have that book around here somewhere. His lessons are, indeed, timeless, and can be helpful reminders to those of us who wish to succeed.
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Jenell44 Premium
Good to hear that you have a copy of the book, Fran. We all need to refresh from time to time.
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Zoopie Premium
Great book, read it more than a couple of times.
Stephen
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Jenell44 Premium
I'm not surprised that you read it more than once, Stephen. Me too.
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muslimah Premium
These are important habits.
Thank you, Jenni.
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Jenell44 Premium
Thanks for stopping by, Muslimah. Great to hear from you.
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muslimah Premium
You are welcome, Jenni.
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philmedia Premium Plus
Timeless classic although I still forget people's names ...
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Jenell44 Premium
Remembering names can be challenging at times, Phil.
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west2000 Premium
Hi Jenni...I remember reading this book many years ago but I'd forgotten a lot of this, so thank you for reminding me today! There's also a version aimed at teens, which my son had to study in high school. It should be required reading for life :-)

Susan
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Jenell44 Premium
Thanks Susan. It is great that there is a version aimed at teens. Starting life with these habits will put them ahead of the game.
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west2000 Premium
It is so true, Jenni!
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