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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There are only two roles in organizations: customers and suppliers.

The power to make and keep commitments to ourselves is the essence of developing the? habits of effectiveness.

The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don?t like to do.

There are principles that govern human effectiveness ? natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably there as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.

The principled exercise of free choice? almost always involves some form of sacrifice.

The term paradigm shift was introduced by Thomas Kuhn in his highly influential landmark book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn shows how almost every significant breakthrough in the field of scientific endeavor is first a break with tradition, with old ways of thinking, with old paradigms.

There are times to teach and times not to teach.

The proactive approach is to change from the inside-out: to be different, and by being different, to effect positive change in what?s out there?I can be more resourceful, I can be more diligent, I can be more creative, I can be more cooperative.

The Three Lives We all lead three lives: our public life, our private life, and our deep inner life. Our public life takes place in a community setting, where we interact with others. Our private life is away from the public?we may be alone, with a friend, or with family members. But our deep inner life is our most significant life. It is where our heart is. It?s where we have the capacity to explore our own motives, to examine our own thoughts and desires, and to analyze our problems and our needs. We can go into this deep private life?we could call it a secret life?even when we are in a public or a private setting. Our secret life is where we are able to tap into the power of the four human endowments: self-awareness, conscience, imagination, and independent will. When you are dealing with the development of a personal mission statement, you need to go into the deep inner or secret life, which influences the other two. It is the part of you where you decide the most fundamental issues of your life. As the psalmist put it: Search your own heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of your life. It truly is a secret life. No one knows the thoughts and intents of your heart. You alone have that awareness, and you can step in on your own deep inner life; you can examine, explore, and change it. Many people, unless they are in pain because of something they care about that is not being fulfilled, will not go into their deep inner life at all. In a sense, they?re not living. They?re just being lived, publicly and privately.

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.

The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.

The true identity theft is not financial. It's not in cyberspace. It's spiritual. It's been taken.

There is a heavy emphasis in Mormonism on initiative, on responsibility, on a work ethic, and on education. If you take those elements together with a free-enterprise system, you've got the chemistry for a lot of industry.

The problem is that Lose/Win people bury a lot of feelings. And unexpressed feelings never die: they?re buried alive and come forth later in uglier ways. Psychosomatic illnesses, particularly of the respiratory, nervous, and circulatory systems, often are the reincarnation of cumulative resentment, deep disappointment and disillusionment repressed by the Lose/Win mentality. Disproportionate rage or anger, overreaction to minor provocation, and cynicism are other embodiments of suppressed emotion.

The two additional unique human endowments that enable us to expand our proactivity and to exercise personal leadership in our lives are imagination and conscience.

There is no effectiveness without discipline, and there is no discipline without character.

The most positive way I can influence my situation is to work on myself, on my being.

The process is as important as the product.

The two factors that define an activity are ?urgent? and ?important?. Urgent means it requires immediate attention. It?s NOW! Urgent things act on us. A ringing phone is urgent. Most people can?t stand the thought of just allowing the phone to ring. You could spend hours preparing materials, you could get all dressed up and travel to a person?s office to discuss a particular issue, but if the phone were to ring while you were there, it would generally take precedence over your personal visit. If you were to phone someone, there aren?t many people who would say, I?ll get to you in 15 minutes; just hold. But most people would probably let you wait in an office for at least that long while they completed a telephone conversation with someone else. Urgent matters are usually visible. They press on us; they insist on action. They?re often popular with others. They?re usually right in front of us. And often they are pleasant, easy, fun to do. But so often they are unimportant!

There is nothing as fast as the speed of trust.

The noise of urgency creates an illusion of importance

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.

The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.

There?s no better way to inform and expand your mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature.

The only person I know, is the person I want to be.

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