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 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.

We are free to choose our actions? but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.

We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions.

We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations

We live in a culture of blame ? a full 70 percent of respondents say that people in their organization tend to blame others when things go wrong. So taking responsibility will mean swimming against the current.

We are more in need of a vision or destination and a compass and less in need of a road map.

We live in a Knowledge Worker Age but operate our organizations in a controlling Industrial Age model that absolutely suppresses the release of human potential. Voice is essentially irrelevant.

We are not our feelings. We are not our moods. We are not even our thoughts. The very fact that we can think about these things separates us from them and from the animal world. Self-awareness enables us to stand apart and examine even the way we see ourselves?our self-paradigm, the most fundamental paradigm of effectiveness. It affects not only our attitudes and behaviors, but also how we see other people. It becomes our map of the basic nature of

We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind.

Until a person can say deeply and honestly, ?I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,? that person cannot say, ?I choose otherwise.?

We are responsible for our own effectiveness, for our own happiness, and ultimately? for most of our circumstances.

We must look at the lens through which we see the world, as well as at the world we see, and understand that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.

Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective.

We are responsible for our own lives.

We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.

Value the differences.

We become what we repeatedly do.

We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.

Vision is applied imagination.

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