I’m a great fan of the late Stephen Covey. I’ve read and studied his famous book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, numerous times. I’ve taken an 8 week course by a trained Covey Professional and applied some of the tenets I have learned to my life. While I like the subject matter, I’ve found some of the concepts rather hard to grasp and even harder to remember.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are . . .
Habit 1: Be Proactive.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.
Habit 3: Put First Things First.
Habit 4: Think Win/Win.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.
Habit 6: Synergize.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Covey tends to use business jargon like Proactive and Synergize which can be hard to understand. Just what is Synergize? Then he uses concepts which take an initial explanation to grasp, such as Sharpen the Saw. I scratched my head the first time I heard this. What is Sharpen the Saw and what does a saw have to do with personal development? After spending eight weeks in a detailed course, I came away with a mixed review. While I think 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a great addition to your personal success library, because of the complexity, I’ve found it hard to create memorable success habits from it.
As an habit building exercise, I asked myself as a personal success blogger what tenets have I found in effective and successful people over the years. I wanted items that were simple to understand and would be easy to apply to your life. More than that, I wanted ones that would be easy to remember. I wrote down a full list and selected seven which topped the chart. Here are my top seven habits for success. [Read more…] about 7 Habits of Highly Effective People In The Real World