“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is self-help and business book written by Stephen Richard Covey published in 1989. Stephen R Covey was an American author, educator, businessman and keynote speaker, born on October 24th 1932 and died on 16th July 2012.
His well-known book sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages worldwide and the audio version has became the first non-fiction audio-book in U.S publishing history to sell more than one million copies.
This book has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity.
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is based on principles of effectiveness and endure and the purpose of this book is to help us lead our life in a truly effective way. Our habits are powerful forces in our lives and they determine our destiny and levels of effectiveness or ineffectiveness.
Stephen Richard Covey believes the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change the present situation we must change ourselves and to change ourselves we must be able to change our perceptions.
The author presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls for true north principles of a character ethnic that he presents as universal and timeless. Stephen R Covey presents his teachings in a series of habits, manifesting as a progression from dependence via independence to interdependence. He introduced the seven habits in a proper order, as all of the seven habits are shown below.
1. Be Proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think win-win
5. Seek first to understated, then to be understood
7. Sharpen the saw.
The first three habits are focused on self-mystery and surround moving from dependence to independence. The next three habits talk about interdependence, developing teamwork; collaboration, work with others, communication skills and moving from independence to interdependence.
The last and final habit is that of continuous improvement in both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence, it is also focus on continuous growth and improvement and embodies all the other habits. Be Proactive is a unique self-awareness ability that sets humans apart from animals and the ability to choose how we respond to any stimulus.
Highly effective people make decision to improve their lives through the things that they can influence. Challenge yourself to test the principles of beginning with the end in mind by doing different things as break down your different roles in life whether, personal, professional or community and list some goals to achieve in your life.
In order to manage things well and ourselves effectively, we must put first things first and must have the discipline to prioritize our day-to-day action based on the most important and not most urgent. To establish effective interdependent relations one must commit to creating win-win situations that are mutually beneficial and satisfying to everyone.
Before offering an advice, suggest solutions and effectively interact with another person in any way and must seek to deeply understand him and his perspectives through empathic listening.
The combination of all other habits prepares us for this habit, which is the habit of synergy, this allows us to create alternatives and open new possibilities.
The last habit is focused around renewal or taking time to sharpen the saw. It surrounds all of the other habits and makes each one possible by preserving and enhancing your greatest asset yourself.