The Seven Habits Habit 1: Be Proactive - Changes starts form within; highly effective people make the decisions to improve their lives through the things that they can influence rather than simply reacting to external forces.
Habit 2: Begin with the end with mind. - Develop a principle– centered personal mission statement into long- term goals based on personal principle.
Habit 3: Put first thing first. - Spend time doing what fits into your personal mission, observing the proper balance between production and building production capacity. Identify the key roles that you take on in life, and make time for each other.
Habit 4: Think win / win - Seek agreements and relationships that are mutually beneficial. In cases where a win / win deal cannot be achieved, accept the fact that agreeing to make “no deal”, may be the best alternative.
In developing the organizational culture, be sure to reward win / win behavior among employees and avoid inadvertently rewarding win / lose behavior.
Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. - First seek to understand the other person, and only then try to be understood. Stephen Covey presents these habits as the most important principles of Interpersonal Relations. Effective listening is not simply echoing what the other person has said through the lens of one’s own experience. Rather it is putting oneself in the perspective of the other person, listening empathically for both feeling and meaning.
Habit 6: Synergize - Through trustful communication, find ways to leverage individual differences to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Through mutual trust and understanding, one often can solve conflicts and find a better solution than would have been obtain through either person’s own solution.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. - Take time out from production to build production capacity through personal renewal of the physical, mental, social / emotional, spiritual dimensions. Maintain a balance among this dimension.
My Seven Personal Habits Habit 1: The game is not over yet. - Failure is not something that happens when you fall down. But rather it is when you refuse to get up again. - Some people get knocked down and although they stand up, you can tell that they’ve remained down on the inside where it counts. - All of us have stumbled but God is not down with us. He believes in us. The game is not yet over.
Habit 2: Used setbacks as stepping-stone. - People who are effective have used setbacks as stepping-stone whereas ineffective people used them as excuses. - Attitude is very important than any of our skills in determining our ability to succeed. There’s a quotation that goes, “Ten percent of life is made up of what happens to you, the other 90 % is how you respond to what happens to you.”
Habit 3: Learn unceasingly. - Life is too short. The world is too wide and knowledge is infinite. We must explore and/or navigate the fruits of God’s creation and learn unceasingly the virtue of our existence.
Habit 4: Be positive - Be optimistic in every circumstances that you encounter. Having a positive outlook on things can be very helpful in striving for success.
Habit 5: Realize the potential inside you. - Start from your potentials and not from your weaknesses. This is to invigorate your spirit in achieving your goals.
Habit 6: Be objective. - The world is divided in various ways. Objectify your views in every aspects of your existence. Don’t imprison yourself by your subjectivity for it will affect your decisions in life.
Habit 7: Be just. - Justice is the soul of the society. It defines righteous from unrighteous act. In every realm of human existence, individuals must be just in every decisions and actions he/she will make for justice shapes moral values.