Have you ever pondered on what productive or say successful people do? Or are doing? There is this popular belief, that successful people are ordinary people doing extra ordinary things, we can say that they are people who do everyday things differently.
In his bestselling book: the 7 habits of highly effective people, Stephen R. Covey through the lens of truth has laid a powerful blueprint for those who want to be productive.
Presenting us with two different tents, the character ethics and the personality ethics, Covey holds that when one aligns himself with what he calls “true north”principles of character Ethics, you are bound to effectively attain your goals.You have to water the flowers you want to grow. S.R.Covey Click To Tweet
Knowing that productive people are people who have self-mastery of what they do, Covey's first three habits of the 7 major habits of highly effective people clearly talks about moving from dependency to independence. For him, effective people are productive they don't wait for a problem to happen before taking action. Secondly they are futuristic people as they work in the present, they have eyes on the future as well as plan for it. Thirdly they have a good scale of preference in other words they place what is meant to be placed First, first. They are clear on what is Important and Urgent Important and not-urgent, Not Important and Urgent and Not important and Not urgent.Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. S.R Covey Click To Tweet
The fourth to sixth habit of effective people, shows that they know that they are not self-sufficient beings in other words they are inter dependent that is, they work with others to achieve their goals. Let's have the fourth habit states that effective people think of a win win. They are not selfish, they genuinely crave for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in relationships. They believe that a win for all is a key to long term resolution.
The fifth habit talks about empathetic listening that is seek first o understand , then to be understood with this, you create an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving. This habit is a kind of give and take formula. When you genuinely listen to others they are most likely to listen to you.Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. S. R.Covey Click To Tweet
The sixth habit shows that effective people recognize the power of synergy and communication . An effective person should be able to create an environment for positive team work. This will aid in achieving the goals that are set . In other words they combine the strengths of people through positive team work, so as to achieve goals that no one could have done alone.
The final habit is based on the premise that continuous improvements in the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence should not be taken for granted. This can be done by what Convey calls "Sharpen the Saw". Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable , long-term, effective lifestyle.
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