7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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Title – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey


These are time tested habits or principles applied by effective people.


  • Habit 1. Be proactive – do not be reactive: concentrate and focus on things you can control. Create a way rather than just waiting for one.
  • Habit 2. Begin with the end in mind – have a vision, mission or purpose for your life. Have a picture of what the end should look like.
  • Habit 3. Put first things first – take actions daily that will lead you to your vision.  Have priorities; focus on what matters and avoid distractions.
  • Habit 4. Think win-win – always seek the mutual benefit for everyone. There is enough to go around for all.
  • Habit 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.  To understand others, you need to first listen to them; understand their perspective and show empathy.
  • Habit 6. Synergize – different people bring different ideas, opinions, perspectives and strengths to the table; this achieves the best results.
  • Habit 7. Sharpen the saw – sharpen 4 key areas of your life – physical, spiritual, cognitive (intellectual), and social. Keep developing yourself in these areas.

Deep Insight

  • Character (inner ethics such as integrity) is superior to Personality (outer ethics such as appearance).
  • All things are created twice; the first time is in the mind.
  • Any relationship that is not win-win is “parasitic”

Biblical Insight

  • Begin with the end in mind – “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
  • Put first things first – “But seek first the kingdom of God, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” – Mathew 6:33.
  • Sharpen the saw – “Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed” – Ecclesiastes 10:10.
  • Synergize – “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” – Ecclesiastes 4:12.


  • What legacy do you want to leave behind in life? Start to work on them starting today.
  • Write down 3 distractions in your life; ignore them and focus on what is important.




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