Focus on What Matters Most: The Wisdom of Stephen Covey

Stephen CoveyStephen Covey died recently, which prompted a great article titeld The Man Who Made Dreams Come True by Alex Green in Early to Rise.

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In the post, Green summarizes Covey’s Seven Habits. While some people criticize them as “common sense”, most powerful wisdom–like “Seek first to understand”–is NOT rocket science, yet…most people either don’t do…or forget to do when they need to most.

Since a big part of resilience is about becoming your best and bringing your best to the world, his Seven Habits bear reminding. Here’s the list excerpted from the article:

  1. Be proactive. Make things happen rather than waiting for them to happen.
  2. Begin with the end in mind. Motivate yourself – and direct your energy and activities more effectively – by clearly defining and visualizing your goals.
  3. Put first things first. Eliminate time wasters (like mindless talk, channel surfing and social networking) and focus on things that will improve the quality of your personal and professional life.
  4. Think win-win. You achieve things more easily in a cooperative effort than in a competitive struggle. Instead of thinking “their way” or “my way,” look for how others can achieve their objectives as you realize yours.
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Persuasive communication is essential. But it begins with being an empathetic listener. Most people do not listen to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
  6. Synergize. Ally yourself with capable individuals. Their strengths will compensate for your weaknesses and move you closer to your goal.
  7. Sharpen the saw. Balance all four aspects of your life – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual – to become more effective. Sharpening the saw means renewing yourself through family, friends, exercise, and devotion or meditation.

 

 

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