The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


Humans are creatures of habit. Our routines define our character, and they exert an invisible force on our behavior. Whatever we do is a function of our practices. Therefore, the best way to achieve any worthwhile goal is to train ourselves to do the things that will lead to the goal effortlessly.

There are 7 key areas where we all need to pay attention to become highly effective. Having read this summary, you will learn to:

  • Choose to be proactive rather than reactive
  • Visualize the end of an endeavor before undertaking it
  • Schedule your priorities instead of prioritizing your schedule
  • Seek what is beneficial for everyone involved
  • Try to understand others first so that they can understand you
  • Work with others to achieve exponential results
  • Keep an effective system running 

Seems pretty easy; however, the hardest, and most important part here is to be willing and ready to implement sustainable changes in your life. Real change comes from the inside out. A lot has been written on how to be successful, improve your life, and how to act on it. Going as far back as 1776, Stephen Covey found that fiction can be divided into 2 major groups: promoting personality ethics and teaching character ethics.

The idea behind the personality ethic is that you can learn specific skills that will produce behavioral change. Understanding the intricacies of verbal and non – verbal communication will bring about desirable change. Personality ethic provides a shortcut. The only problem with a shortcut is that it doesn’t endure. Sustainable change doesn’t come from taking the personality ethic route.

The method of personality ethics is superficial. It is attractive because it provides a quick fix. Working on our character is not easy. It requires identity change. We must adjust our worldview, belief system, and habits to put us on the right course for sustainable success. For example, virtues such as fidelity, integrity, and honesty can only come from within. They aren’t techniques to learn. Instead, they are character traits that come from a particular belief system. Having read this summary, you will understand that you can adjust your belief system and develop the habits to make you highly effective.

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