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 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.

When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That?s when you can get more creative in solving problems.

Win-Win or No Deal. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Begin with the End in Mind. Put First Things First.

When you study the lives of all great achievers--those who have had the greatest influence on others, those who have made things happen--you will find a pattern. Through their persistent efforts and inner struggle, they have greatly expanded their four native human intelligences or capacities. The highest manifestations of these four intelligences are: for mental, vision; for the physical, discipline; for the emotional, passion; for the spiritual, conscience. These manifestations also represent our highest means of expressing our voice.

Wisdom is the beneficial use of knowledge; wisdom is information and knowledge impregnated with higher purposes and principles. Wisdom teaches us to respect all people, to celebrate their differences, to be guided by a single ethic ? service above self. Moral authority is primary greatness (character strengths); formal authority is secondary greatness (position, wealth, talent, reputation, popularity).

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.

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.

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