7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Habit 1- Be Proactive
Being proactive is more than taking initiative. It is recognizing that we are responsible for our own choices and have the freedom to choose
based on principles and values rather than on moods or conditions.
Proactive people are agents of change and choose not to be victims,
be reactive, or to blame others.
Habit 2- Begin with the End in Mind
Individuals, families, teams and organizations shape their own future by first crating a mental vision for any project, large or small, personal or
interpersonal. They don't just live day-to-day with no clear purpose
in mind. They identify and commit themselves to the principles,
relationships and purposes that matter most to them.
Habit 3- Put First Things First
Putting first tings first means organizing and executing around your most important priorities. Whatever the circumstance , it is living and
being driven by the principles you value most, not by the urgent
agendas and forces surrounding you.
Habit 4- Think win-win
Thinking win-win is a frame of mind and heart that seeks mutual benefit and mutual respect in all interactions. It's thinking in terms of
abundance and opportunity rather then scarcity and adversarial
competition. It's not thinking selfishly (win-lose) or like a martyr
(lose-win). It's thinking in terms of “we”, not “me”.
Habit 5- Seek first to Understand, Then to be understood
When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship
building. Opportunities to then speak openly and to be understood
come much more naturally and easily. Seeking to understand takes
consideration; seeking to be understood takes courage. Effectiveness
lies in balancing or blending the two.
Habit 6- Synergize
Synergy is the third alternative – not my way, not your way, but a third way that is better than either of us would come up with individually.
It's the fruit of respecting, valuing, and even celebrating one
another’s differences. It's about solving problems, seizing
opportunities, and working out differences. It's the kind of creative
cooperation of 1+1= 3, 11, 111 … or more. Synergy is also the key
to any effective team or relationship. A synergistic team is a
complementary team – where the team is organized so that the
strengths of some compensate for the weaknesses of others. In this
way you optimize and run with strengths and make individual
Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw
Sharpening the saw is about constantly renewing ourselves in the four basic areas of life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.
It's the habit that increase our capacity to lvie all other habits of