Have you noticed how some people seem to rise to the top of their chosen field, become the best they can be in their career, seem to have an ever growing wealth or are just the happiest people you have ever met, while others consistently achieve the same “average” results?
In the 1990’s, management guru Dr. Stephen Covey penned his book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ to define the characteristics that distinguish “highly effective people”.
The 7 habits Covey suggests can be used in all areas of life no matter what you aspire to achieve. You can use these in the business world as well as your personal life.
So let’s take a look at the 7 significant traits Dr. Covey says successful people habitually exhibit.
Habit 1 – Be proactive
Life doesn’t just happen to us. We make choices in every moment, choice about our attitude, choice to take control of a situation, choice to be responsible. The list of choices go on… The question is: are you going to be come proactive and take charge of your life or are you going to become a victim of circumstances?
Habit 2 – Begin with the end in mind
To be able to take focused action toward achieving something, you need to know what that ‘something’ is. Once you figured that out, you can focus on the desired outcomes, block out distractions and take massive action toward achieving your goals.
Knowing what you want and having that big picture will help you build your personal leadership. All successful people set themselves a long term goal of financial independence and have a written plan and strategy of how they’re going to get there. This helps you make the right decisions along the way.
Habit 3 – Put first things first
Once you have established attainable goals, you must then develop the habit of planning and implementing activities that will enable you to reach them. Importantly, you need to learn to prioritise your actions in a way that reflects your values and life purpose.
This step-by-step approach will lead you to achieving your long term goals. Don’t let unnecessary flutter take you of course. Make sure you are making your own decisions on what is right and wrong for you.
Habit 4 – Think win-win
More is gained from life through the art of cooperation than competition.
Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
Habit 5 – Seek first to understand and then to be understood
Tell me, how often have you found yourself in a situation where someone is talking to you and in your mind you are already forming your comeback?
Most of the time people are seeking to be heard, and not to understand others. In doing so we are missing what they are trying to say and instead putting our own ideals and philosophies onto them missing out on valuable insights.
Habit 6 – Synergize
Creative cooperation among humans allows us to uncover new solutions to old problems. When we interact with each other and apply the rule of empathetic listening, we augment our brainpower and grow from our experiences with others.
So how does that work in real life? I bet you heard it before, every successful person has a proficient team of consultants for advice and to mentors for inspiration and counsel.
Surround yourself with people who will lift you up, rather than those that will drag you down.
Habit 7 – Sharpen the saw
The greatest asset you will ever have in life is yourself. In order to be effective, you must look after the only tools you have control over – your mind, body and spirit. Maintain balance in all you do and never stop learning.
Don’t be afraid to invest money on your education and be prepared to learn from your mistakes.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is well worth the read for a better understanding of self and how to overcome what is in our mind to make us truly effective.
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