7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The first three of Stephen Covey’s habits of highly effective people are personal. They are individual. You and I can unilaterally be proactive, begin with the end in mind and put first things first. The next three habits are inter-personal. They are about how we relate to those around us and in certain ways they are about how we work together. The 7th habit sharpen the saw is renewal.
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Being proactive means taking responsibility for every aspect of your life. Between stimuls and response, we have the power of free will to choose our.
A boy was running in the house and he accidently knocked down an antique vase and it broke. The boy shouted “Oh no! What do I do?” Then he tells himself easy Be Proactive and then he somehow managed to fix the vase and tell his mom and dad and took the blame and responsibility of his actions. So his parents was not mad at him. Example 2
Mary thinks she is an excellent student and wanted to achieve good result. So she starts working hard and feels that she will be only responsible for her result and after the hard work she finally succeed with good grades.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 2 is based on imagination. The ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. Example 1
An architect begins with the end in mind. He first draw all the necessary dimensions to construct a building and then implement it for further action. So he first created a mental picture of building and then work for its physical creation.
A teacher began with the end in mind by planning her lesson before she teaches it to her class.
Habit 3: Put First things First
Habit 3 is about life management, your purpose, values, roles, and priorities. What are “first things?” First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth. If you put first things first, you are organizing and managing time and events according to the personal priorities you established in Habit 2. Example 1
Mary has to submit a project tomorrow but tonight she is having a party at home but obviously her project is the right thing to do. So she decided to complete her project in the first hour and then prepare the food for the party. In this way she put first thing first. Example 2
A girl was going for an evening walk and then she suddenly realized that it is the time for prayer and prayer is her first priority. So she offered prayer first and then went for a walk.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
An attitude whereby mutually beneficial solutions are sought that satisfy the needs of all parties involved. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration. Example 1
If two people are fighting for a ball, they can Think Win-Win so they can work it out.
You and your friend want to play 2 different games at recess. You need to compromise so you both are happy. You say that you both should play your game for the first 15 minutes and then play her game for the next 15 minutes.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
To seek first to understand then to be understood means to listen before you talk. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving. Example 1
An efficient sales person first seeks to understand the needs, the concerns, the situation of the customer. The professionals learn how to diagnose, how to understand. He also learns how to relate people’s need to his product and services. As in order to influence you need to be influenced. Example 2
The Egyptians sought first to understand then to be understood when building the great pyramid. They did this by listening to everyone’s thoughts. If they didn’t listen to and understand everyone ideas the great pyramid may have looked...
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