Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by: Stephen R. Covey

-       “We began to realize that if we wanted to change our situation, we first had to change ourselves.  And to change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions” (18)

-       “You always reap what you sow; there is no shortcut” (22)

-       “…what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.  We all know it.  There are people we trust absolutely because we know their character.  Whether they’re eloquent or not, whether they have the human relations techniques or not, we trust them, and we work successfully with them” (22)

-       “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are- or, as we are conditioned to see it” (28)

-       “To try to change outward attitudes and behaviors does very little good in the long run if we fail to examine the basic paradigm from which those attitudes and behaviors flow” (28)

-       “A Thousand-mile journey begins with the first step” and can only be taken one step at a time” (37)

-       “Listening involves patience, openness, and the desire to understand- highly developed qualities of character.  It’s so much easier to operated from a low emotional level and to give high-level advice” (37)

-       “We must not cease from exploration and the en of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time” (T.S. Elliot rpt 44)

-       “’Lift off’ takes a tremendous effort, but once we break our of the gravity pull, our freedom takes on a whole new dimension” (47)

-       “Ironically, you’ll find that as you care less about what others think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves and their worlds, including their relationship with you” (61)

-       “That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. 
        It is dearness only which gives everything its value. 
        Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods” (62)

-       “Look at the word responsibility- “response-ability”- the
       ability to choose your response” (71)

-       “Reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances,
       by conditions, by their environment.  Proactive people
       are driven by values-carefully thought about, selected and internalized values” (72)