Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

Stephen
Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey
1932
2012

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

Author Quotes

We can make a promise and keep it. Or we can set a goal and work to achieve it.

Vision is greater than baggage.

We can only achieve quantum improvements in our lives as we quit hacking at the leaves of attitude and behavior and get to work on the root, the paradigms from which our attitudes and behaviors flow.

Vision is the breakfast. Feedback is the lunch. Self-correction is the dinner.

We can?t go very far to change our seeing without simultaneously changing our being, and vice versa.

Want balance in your life? Then sure, get your own act together, but don't forget four powerful disciplines of execution in your team and organization.

We can't live without eating, but we don't live to eat.

We accomplish all that we do through delegation -- either to time or to other people.

We could spend weeks, months, even years laboring with the personality ethic trying to change our attitudes and behaviors and not even begin to approach the phenomenon of change that occurs spontaneously when we see things differently

We are a product of neither nature nor nurture; we are a product of choice, because there is always a space between stimulus and response.

We do not have to love. We choose to love.

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.

We don?t always want answers or advice. Sometimes we just want company.

We are free to choose our actions, based on our knowledge of correct principles, but we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions. Remember, If you pick up one end of the stick, you pick up the other.

We have a tendency to rush things, and fix them up with good advice.

We are free to choose our actions, but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.

We hear a lot about identity theft when someone takes your wallet and pretends to be you and uses your credit cards. But the more serious identity theft is to get swallowed up in other people?s definition of you.

This sense of the future becomes more impactful, more powerful, than the sense of the past, than what?s often called baggage: past traumas, social injuries, past failures, and even the grasp of present circumstances. Those forces are not as powerful as a deeply embedded sense of the future and of a well-developed value system to deal with the past and the present. So as you look at your mission statement, you?ll need to work basically on two things: vision?your sense of the future?and the principles that you want to live by. Your vision is the end, the destination. Principles are the means, like the flight plan. Vision is who you really are and what you could become.

To maintain the P/PC Balance, the balance between the golden egg (production) and the health and welfare of the goose (production capability) is often a difficult judgment call. But I suggest it is the very essence of effectiveness.

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Personal responsibility, or proactivity, is fundamental to the first creation. Returning to the computer metaphor, Habit 1 says, You are the programmer. Habit 2, then, says, Write the program.

Those who get the most out of life and those who give the most are those who make the choice to act.

To put service above self gives meaning? and leads us into the Age of Wisdom, the fifth age of civilization.

Under-promise and over-deliver.

Through imagination, we can visualize the un-credited worlds of potential that lie within us.

To receive gratitude with grace is a form of gratitude by itself, and not always an easy art to master.

Author Picture
First Name
Stephen
Last Name
Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey
Birth Date
1932
Death Date
2012
Bio

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