7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Book Report

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My name is ********* and I am a 35-year old single mother of a 13-year old son. I am currently employed as a School Secretary for the **********. I started working at ******* on October 23, 2006. However, I have been employed for ******* since May 1, 1995. Since 1995, I have held numerous positions for ******* such as Clerk, Recreation Leader, Teen Coordinator, Project Coordinator and Cheerleading Coach. In my current position as School Secretary, my job duties include: daily attendance, answering telephones, copying, filing, greeting and assisting students, staff and visitors who come into the school office, filling teacher supply orders, student transportation and other duties as assigned by the administrators. In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey explains that you don’t have to be a genius to apply these principles of 7 habits, but you will have to possess balanced dimensions of nature: physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional. The first three habits focus on moving from dependence to independence while habits 4, 5 and 6 address interdependence. The seventh habit is considered to be the most important habit because it deals with the upkeep of you. You must consistently sharpen your saw.

Habit 1 – Be Proactive
Covey tells us how we should be taking more initiative and control of our lives. We are the only ones that have control over our lives. We need to take control of ourselves and realize that we can shape our thoughts. By being proactive we are not as prone to have our environment shape the way we think or feel. Non-proactive people tend to be emotional butterflies: when people treat them well, they feel well; when people don t, they become defensive or protective and allow the weaknesses of people to control them. People who are proactive take more initiative then their counterparts do. In order to be a more effective person, you must first have initiative. You take control over yourself. You don t let people walk over you, creating benefit for themselves and destruction for you. Being proactive seems like one of the most important and fundamental attitudes one can have. It is the corner stone to other important aspects of a person. This is a theory I plan on using in my life. Having the ability to control my outlook on life right now is of utmost importance.

Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind
Covey argues that all things we do should be done with the end in mind. He is not talking about the immediate end of some action you are doing at a particular time but your actions as a whole. To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction. We need to look at the things we do in our lives. Why do we do these things? What is the purpose of them? A person needs to look at himself or herself, realize what it is they want their life to be and do actions and activities that promote that outcome. We need to always think, is this going to create the image or persona I want. A good way of doing this is by sitting down and writing a personal mission statement. By taking the time to think and write down what you want in life you create a perfect catalyst for beginning the process.

Habit 3 - Put First Things First
Habit three is the fulfillment, the actualization, the natural emergence of habits one and two. Covey conveys to the reader that we must first prioritize what needs are to be met and in what order. We need to realize what the consequences of our different activities and actions are and rank them in order of importance. Once you realize what it is you do, you have to find the results of these actions. Then you rank them in order of the repercussions they create and do the things that create the most positive outcomes concerning you goals in life. If you want to be liked by...
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