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Some thoughts

Some thoughts

Covey has influenced scores of people from all walks of life with his famous book. I hope you find something that will help you turn your New Year resolutions into positive outcomes!

Independence or Self-Mastery

The first three habits are about moving from dependence to independence:

Habit 1 - Be Proactive

Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life's principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.

Habit 2 - Begin with the end in Mind

Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life. Create a mission statement for yourself.

Habit 3 - Put first things first

Prioritize, plan, and execute your week's tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate whether your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you toward goals, and enrich the roles and relationships that were elaborated in Habit 2.

Interdependence

The next three deal with Interdependence or working with others:

Habit 4 - Think win win

Genuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.

Habit 5 - Seek first to understand and then to be understood

Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.

Habit 6 - Synergise

Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone.

Self-renewal

The Last habit relates to self-rejuvenation:

Habit 7 - Sharpen the saw

Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.

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