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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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.

We tend to get what we expect ? both from ourselves and from others. When we expect more, we tend to get more; when we expect less, we tend to get less.

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.

When the external factors over which one has no control in a way start to become negative, it starts to affect our creative juices.

Well, why don?t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw? you inquire. I?m sure it would go a lot faster.

Whatever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of effectiveness, happiness, and trust-based relationships.

When the history of the world and of institutions, societies, communities, families and individuals is finally written, the dominant theme will be the degree to which people have lived not by their socialized conscience but by their divine conscience. That is the innate, intuitive wisdom contained in the principles or natural laws that are taught in all the major religions and enduring philosophies of the world. It won?t be geopolitics, economics, government, wars, social culture, art, education or churches. The moral or spiritual dimension ? how true people and institutions are to universal, timeless principles of right and wrong ? will be the overarching and underlying supreme governing force.

We're responsible for our own lives.

When air is charged with emotions, an attempt to teach is often perceived as a form of judgment and rejection.

When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.

What air is to the body, to feel understood is to the heart.

When all you want is a person's body and you don't really want their mind, heart or spirit, you have reduced a person to a thing.

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