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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Trust is central to an economy that works.

This is a frame of the heart and mind that always seeks mutual benefit in all interactions of humans.

To live; to love; to learn; and to leave a legacy.

Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It's not logical; it's psychological.

This sense of the future becomes more impactful, more powerful, than the sense of the past, than what?s often called baggage: past traumas, social injuries, past failures, and even the grasp of present circumstances. Those forces are not as powerful as a deeply embedded sense of the future and of a well-developed value system to deal with the past and the present. So as you look at your mission statement, you?ll need to work basically on two things: vision?your sense of the future?and the principles that you want to live by. Your vision is the end, the destination. Principles are the means, like the flight plan. Vision is who you really are and what you could become.

To maintain the P/PC Balance, the balance between the golden egg (production) and the health and welfare of the goose (production capability) is often a difficult judgment call. But I suggest it is the very essence of effectiveness.

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Personal responsibility, or proactivity, is fundamental to the first creation. Returning to the computer metaphor, Habit 1 says, You are the programmer. Habit 2, then, says, Write the program.

Those who get the most out of life and those who give the most are those who make the choice to act.

To put service above self gives meaning? and leads us into the Age of Wisdom, the fifth age of civilization.

Under-promise and over-deliver.

Through imagination, we can visualize the un-credited worlds of potential that lie within us.

To receive gratitude with grace is a form of gratitude by itself, and not always an easy art to master.

Unless you?re continually improving your skills, you?re quickly becoming irrelevant.

Through real-life stories, Kristin Kaufman illustrates the core idea of being present in the moment and opening oneself up to new ideas in order to become an authentic leader in life.

To relate effectively with a wife, a husband, children, friends, or working associates, we must learn to listen. And this requires emotional strength. Listening involves patience, openness, and the desire to understand?highly developed qualities of character. It?s so much easier to operate from a low emotional level and to give high-level advice.

Unless you?re influenced by my uniqueness, I?m not going to be influenced by your advice. So if you want to be really effective in the habit of interpersonal communication, you cannot do it with technique alone. You have to build the skills of empathic listening on a base of character that inspires openness and trust. And you have to build the Emotional Bank Accounts that create a commerce between hearts.

Time management is really a misnomer ? the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.

To retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent.

To be a race should work to change the conditions in order to serve your goals, do not change your goals as dictated by the circumstances

To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.

To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you?re going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.

Too many vacations that last too long, too many movies, too much TV, too much video game playing ? too much undisciplined leisure time in which a person continually takes the course of least resistance gradually wastes a life. It ensures that a person?s capacities stay dormant, that talents remain undeveloped, that the mind and spirit become lethargic and that the heart remains unfulfilled.

To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.

To do carefully and constantly and kindly many little things is not a little thing.

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