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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Your planning tool should be your servant, never your master.

You're not a product of your nature. That is your genetic makeup or your nurture, the things that have happened to you. Of course those things affect you powerfully, but they do not determine you.

You will always be a victim until you forgive.

Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.

You can?t be successful with other people if you haven?t paid the price of success with yourself.

You can?t talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into!

You can?t talk your way out of what you?ve behaved yourself into.

You cannot hold people responsible for the results if you supervise their methods.

You cannot play with the animal in you without becoming wholly animal, play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth, play with cruelty without losing your sensitivity of mind. He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn?t reserve a plot for weeds.

You can't change the fruit without changing the root.

You can't live principals you can't understand.

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage?pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say ?no? to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ?yes? burning inside. The enemy of the ?best? is often the ?good.?

You have to leave the comfort zone of the base camp and confront an entirely new and unknown wilderness.

You have to water the flowers you want to grow.

You learn best when you teach another.

You never ?retire? from the family.

You can buy a person?s hand, but you can?t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is. You can buy his back, but you can?t buy his brain. That?s where his creativity is, his ingenuity, his resourcefulness. PC work is treating employees as volunteers just as you treat customers as volunteers, because that?s what they are. They volunteer the best part?their hearts and minds.

You see your competition as a learning source, as friends who can keep you sharp and teach you where your weaknesses are.

You can buy their backs, but you can?t buy their brains.

You understand the purpose of a personal mission statement. It is the picture of where you want to end up?that is, your destination is the values you want to live your life by. Even if you are off course much or most of the time but still hang on to your sense of hope and your vision, you will eventually arrive at your destination. You will arrive at your destination and usually on time. That?s the whole point?we just get back on course. This idea?this principle?of beginning with the end in mind is based upon the concept that all things are created twice: first in the mind, as a thought or intellectual creation; and second in reality as a physical creation. The mental creation, the flight plan, brings forth the hope in the flight. Norman Cousins taught, The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It gives human beings a sense of destination and the energy to get started. At the beginning of this process you will find enormous hope and encouragement as well as fun and happiness in developing a mission statement. It?s truly an enjoyable process. It?s also a leadership process. But here?s something to think about carefully.

You can decide within yourself how circumstances will affect you.

You can retire from a job, but don?t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.

When you understand, you don?t judge.

Wisdom is the child of integrity?being integrated around principles. And integrity is the child of humility and courage. In fact, you could say that humility is the mother of all virtues because humility acknowledges that there are natural laws or principles that govern the universe. They are in charge. Pride teaches us that we are in charge. Humility teaches us to understand and live by principles, because they ultimately govern the consequences of our actions. If humility is the mother, courage is the father of wisdom. Because to truly live by these principles when they are contrary to social mores, norms and values takes enormous courage.

Where there?s no gardener there?s no garden.

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