I love Stephen Covey's book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. First published in 1989 and is 432 pages.
The 7 Habits are:
1: Be Proactive
2: Begin With the End in Mind
3. Put First Things First
4. Think Win/Win
5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
7. Sharpen the Saw
We all know now the things we should do to be more productive and reach our goals in life, but like diet and exercise, we may not actually put them into practice. Stephen Covey said "They are more like natural laws. All I did was put them together, to synthesize them for people." Stephen Covey was a great story teller. He was able to take information, distill it down, add an example and teach us why we would want to follow his advice.
Here is just a taste of Stephen Covey's wisdom in the first 3 Habits.
Explaining the First Habit (Be Proactive); Stephen Covey shares this example. "It was not the luck of being at the right moment in history that separated Bill Gates, but his proactive response to being at the right moment."
The second Habit (Begin With the End in Mind) he takes you through the process of making your own Mission Statement. He says; "The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed."
The Third Habit (Put first things First)
My favorite part of this book is the Time Management Matrix. These four boxes are: Urgent, Important, Urgent and Important, Not Urgent and Not Important. Read how to use this Matrix to be more effective and efficient with your time.
Whether you have used these ideas for so many years that you do not even remember where they came from or you have not read Stephen Covey"s books at all, please read The 7 habits of Highly Effective People and delight in his magical way of making life seem easier. Also check out his new version for teens.
Book: The 7 habits of highly Effective PEOPLE
Ideas for life.
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