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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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.

When you make a commitment to yourself, do so with the clear understanding that you?re pledging your integrity.

Who?s going to raise my children ? today?s alarmingly destructive culture or me?

You are not your habits. You can replace old?with new.

When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it ? immediately.

Wife and children any more. I?m not even sure I know myself and what?s really important to me. I?ve had to ask myself?is it worth it? I?ve started a new diet?for the fifth time this year. I know I?m overweight, and I really want to change. I read all the new information, I set goals, I get myself all psyched up with a positive mental attitude and tell myself I can do it. But I don?t. After a few weeks, I fizzle. I just can?t seem to keep a promise I make to myself. I?ve taken course after course on effective management training. I expect a lot out of my employees and I work hard to be friendly toward them and to treat them right. But I don?t feel any loyalty from

You begin with the end in mind.

When you raise your children, you?re also raising your grandchildren.

Win-win agreements are tremendously liberating. But as the product of isolated techniques, they won't hold up. Even if you set them up in the beginning, there isno way to maintain them without personal integrity and a relationship of trust.

When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it's like giving them emotional oxygen.

Win-Win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions.

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