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

When one does not have the passion that flows from finding and using one?s voice to serve great purposes, the void is filled with insecurity and the empty chatter of a thousand voices that drive the social mirror.

We see the world not as it is, but as we are.

What would you like each of the speakers to say about you and your life?

When one side benefits more than the other, that's a win-lose situation. To the winner it might look like success for a while, but in the long run, it breeds resentment and distrust.

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are -- or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms.

What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.

When other people disagree with us, we immediately think something is wrong with them. But, as the demonstration shows, sincere, clearheaded people see things differently, each looking through the unique lens of experience.

We seek not to imitate the masters, rather we seek what they sought.

Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.

When relationships are strained and the air charged with emotion, an attempt to teach is often perceived as a form of judgment and rejection.

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.

When two people in a marriage are more concerned about getting the golden eggs, the benefits, than they are in preserving the relationship that makes them possible, they often become insensitive and inconsiderate, neglecting the little kindnesses and courtesies so important to a deep relationship. They begin to use control levers to manipulate each other, to focus on their own needs, to justify their own position and look for evidence to show the wrongness of the other person. The love, the richness, the softness and spontaneity begin to deteriorate. The goose gets sicker day by day.

What happens when you manage people like things? They stop believing that leadership can become a choice.

When another person speaks, we're usually "listening" at one of four levels. We may be ignoring another person, not really listening at all. We may practice pretending. "Yeah. Uh-huh. Right." We may practice selective listening, hearing only certain parts of the conversation. We often do this when we're listening to the constant chatter of a preschool child. Or we may even practice attentive listening, paying attention and focusing energy on the words that are being said. But very few of us ever practice the fifth level, the highest form of listening, empathic listening.

When we look at the problem and the burden it comes from us, just when it is actually we who problematic. while the Chinese proverb says from the curse of darkness is better to take a candle and turn.

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First Name
Stephen
Last Name
Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey
Birth Date
1932
Death Date
2012
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American Author, Educator, Businessman, Trainer, Motivational Speaker best known for his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People