THE CIVIL INSIGHT SUMMARIZES STEPHEN R. COVEY’S no.1 best selling book “THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE “
1. “BE PROACTIVE”
People have natural tendency to react over many things happening in the world. Don’t always react to the external events and circumstances around you. Take accurate initiative to solve a problem. Proactively think and act for any relevant matter.
2.”BEGIN WITH AN END IN MIND”
Don’t just work without targeting an end point. You must know what you are doing. You must have a vision and aim. You must develop a goal oriented mindset.
3. “PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST”
Prioritize your tasks on the basis of importance. You must differentiate between URGENT and IMPORTANT. You must skip time consuming less-important task and put them on the bottom of the to do list. Don’t lose your resources doing unimportant tasks first. Make a plan and to do list.
4. “THINK WIN-WIN”
At the time of a negotiation, don’t always try to get the biggest slice of the cake, but rather find a mutually acceptable solution. Ensure your fair share and build strong positive relationships with your counterparts. Remember relationship and loyalty matters. Remember you need both Courage and Consideration for bringing a WIN-WIN situation.
5. “SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD”
Don’t jump to an instant conclusion if someone asks for a solution to a problem. Listen very carefully and interpret what he/she is saying form his/her perspectives. Then give him/her solution. Jumping to a quick recommendation without proper listening may affect your judgement.
You must understand and value the differences in another person’s perspective. You have the opportunity to create synergy, which allows you to uncover new possibilities through openness and creativity. More alternatives will come up when guiding principles are adopted in a group. Remember “whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
7. “SHARPEN THE SAW”
Work efficiently to make a well balanced sustainable lifestyle. You must enrich your Physical, Social, Mental, and Spiritual lifestyle to rejuvenate yourself.