The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey, all you need to know.

The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey, all you need to know.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stepehen Covey is one of the best selling books of all time. It is a business and self-help book.

The book was published in the year 1989 and so it is not as popular now as it was back then. The book is extremely helpful and teaches us a lot. Here is a 7 pointer gist of the book that you need to know.

• Be Proactive

We spend too much of time worrying about the things of which we do not have control, things that we can do absolutely nothing about. Instead focus on the things we can change. And do it proactively.

• Begin With The End in Mind

If we don’t know where we want to go, how will we ever get there? Envision your future using both, logic and imagination. Let it be based on principle. Write down your own mission statement. Imagine what your friends, family and community, will tell about you in your funeral, what would you want them to say? Write it down.

• Synergize

Synergy changes the conventional math, 2 and 2 is not 4 but 5 or 7 or maybe 8. The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Teamwork is important. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, team up.

• Put first things first

List down everything you want to go. Categorize them as follow:
i. Important and urgent
ii. Important and not urgent
iii. Not important and urgent
iv. Not important and not urgent
Once you put them in the matrix, you know what to do.

• Sharpen the axe

Abraham Lincoln said: Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Your axe is your body, mind and soul. Run, exercise, study and meditate.

• Seek first to understand then to be understood

Even when you are arguing with your opponents, it is a good form to first understand their arguments and try to express them even better than they can. It is even more important when we are interacting with our friends, colleagues, and other collaborators. Listen, understand and only then open your mouth.

• Think Win Win

Sooner or later, we realise that we not only owe a lot to the society we live in, we also understand that our success depends on other’s success. When we make it a habit to see how others also can benefit from our actions, from our decisions, we are better off for that. The world is too connected for us to think win lose and so always think win win to be highly effective.