Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

American Author, Educator, Businessman, Trainer, Motivational Speaker best known for his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness.

When we succumb to believing that we are victims of our circumstances and yield to the plight of determinism, we lose hope, we lose drive, and we settle into resignation and stagnation.

Wherever you find lasting trust, you will find trustworthiness? trustworthiness comes from character and competence.

Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance.

When we value correct principles, we have truth - a knowledge of things as they are.

Whether or not we belong to a church or service organization or have a job that provides meaningful service opportunities, not a day goes by that we can?t at least serve one other human being by making deposits of unconditional love.

With people if you want to save time, don?t be efficient. With people, slow is fast and fast is slow.

When you can see only two alternatives ? yours and the ?wrong? one ? There?s almost always a third alternative.

Whether we are aware of it or not, whether we are in control of it or not, there is a first creation to every part of our lives. We are either the second creation of our own proactive design, or we are the second creation of other people?s agendas, of circumstances, or of past habits.

With the dizzying rate of change in technology and increasing competition driven by the globalization of markets and technology, we must not only be educated, we must constantly re-educate and reinvent ourselves.

When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion--that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet--therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul's code.

While I believe in the power of positive thought, I do not believe that you or I can simply psyche ourselves into success or peace of mind.

Words are like eggs dropped from great heights. You could no more call them back then ignore the mess they left when they fell.

When you get a good night's sleep and wake up ready to produce throughout the day.

While values drive behaviors, principles govern consequences.

Writing distills, crystallizes, and clarifies thought.

When you have a challenge and the response is equal to the challenge, that?s called ?success?. But once you have a new challenge, the old, once-successful response no longer works. That?s why it is called a ?failure?.

While we cannot always choose what happens to us, we can choose our responses? We can and should become the creative force of our own lives.

Writing is another powerful way to sharpen the mental saw. Keeping a journal of our thoughts, experiences, insights, and learnings promotes mental clarity, exactness, and context.

When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air. And after that vital need is met, you can then focus on influencing or problem solving. This need for psychological air impacts communication in every area of life.

While we must learn from good examples and keep always in mind the bigger goal, we must compare ourselves only with ourselves. We can?t focus or base our happiness on another?s progress; we can focus only on our own.

Yet all of the enduring major religious traditions of the world are unified when it comes to basic underlying principles? principles like respect, honesty, kindness, integrity, service and fairness? To expand, a principle is a natural law like gravity. It?s different than a value. Values are subjective; principles are objective. Gravity? if you drop something, gravity controls it. If I don?t tell you the truth, you won?t trust me ? that?s a natural law? even though values control behavior, principles control the consequences of behavior.

When you live out of your memory, you focus on the past. When you live out of your imagination, you focus on the future.

While you can think in terms of efficiency in dealing with time, a principle-centered person thinks in terms of effectiveness in dealing with people.

You always reap what you sow; there is no shortcut.

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American Author, Educator, Businessman, Trainer, Motivational Speaker best known for his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People