Stephen Covey and his literature has and always will be an inspiration to many people around the globe. I am one of them.
I have spoken to a lot of people over the last few months and a common question asked of me is what books I recommend.
Although the list is many, there is one book that has been priceless to me since I first had it bought to my attention some 5 years ago.
It is The S even Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.
Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People, became a blueprint for personal development when it was published in 1989 and just like a good wine, it remains on the top shelf.
It remains on the bestseller lists having sold some fifteen million copies. It was also named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century.
If totally changing your life and the results that you currently get, these article posts are highly recommended.
Today is the overview… a little teaser for what will soon follow. So who is Stephen Covey?
Born 1932, he has been recognized as one of Time magazines’ 25 most influential Americans. Inducted into the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum Hall of Fame in 2009, Stephen shows no signs of slowing down.
He has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny.
Stephen Coveys’ Seven Habits are a simple set of rules for life – inter-related and synergistic, but very powerful and worthy of adopting and living by.
The importance of each chapter has lead me to post consecutive articles over the next week that will provide a more in depth overview of each chapter individually.
The book has 7 Chapters, all of which host significant meaning in the development of who we are, what we stand for and who we want to be.
1) Be Pro-Active 2) Begin With The End In Mind 3) Put First Things First 4) Think Win/Win 5) Seek to Understand Before Being Understood 6) Synergise 7) Sharpen The Saw
The first 3 chapters will deal with self mastery. These chapters are the “private victories” required for character growth.
This is where we tidy up our own back yard before concerning ourselves with somebody elses.
The next 3 chapters are more personality-oriented. They will provide you the insight needed for “public victories”. These are victories of Teamwork, Cooperation and Communication.
The final chapter will highlight the need for continual growth as you strive towards your ultimate destinies.
Many people want to be effective in their lives aspiring to their goals or dreams, unfortunately most people are unwilling to honestly examine their own paradigms.
They are unwilling to look at the way they look at things. They believe change starts with changing others when in fact it all starts from within.
These chapters may well be easy to read but the real test will come when it is time to implement. Nothing worthwhile is easy and this is definitely worthwhile.
Covey notes that life threatening experiences or a major role change in a persons life can change a persons paradigm and I would have to say in my case his thinking is hard to dispute.
Having had a stroke some 12 months ago, I’m hoping that a dedicated look in the mirror as you sift through the chapters will initiate the changes you seek.
Don’t let major events be the only reason you wake up and smell the roses.
For many people, reading Coveys’ work, or listening to him speak, literally changes their lives. This is powerful stuff indeed and highly recommended.
I can only hope that my summaries of The 7 Habits do it some justice. The full work is fascinating, comprehensive, and thoroughly uplifting.
Building a character of total integrity and living the life of love and service that creates unity isn’t easy, but it’s plausible.
Start at the beginning with your private victory and work from the inside out, you will see the results.
Stephen Covey has provided us with what some would call the “personal development” bible.
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