Stephen R. Covey wrote the bestseller ‘ The 7 habits of highly effective people’: powerful lessons in personal change.

This book lays out the principles for personal development, leadership and business success. According to the back cover it has ‘transformed the lives of millions of people of all ages and occupations’

So although the book is categorized as self-help – a term I really dislike as it has a negative connotation in my surroundings – the promise of impact is much larger than just the individual.

As I am always looking to achieve more in less time, learn about leadership, and live a life with values like integrity, this book speaks to me. It inspires me a lot, it gives me focus, and frequent ‘ aha’ moments.

The first 3 focus to develop yourself from dependence to independence, the second 3 bring you from independence to interdependence. Below I share with you in short each of the habits described in the book.

Every Wednesday, I will share a blog post on what I learned in particular about each of the habits in more detail. If you want to know more now, order your own copy of The 7 habits of highly effective people.

The 7 habits

#1 Be proactive

We all have a circle of influence and a circle of concern. It the latter your influence is limited, and you become reactive. Rather, be proactive, take initiative, and take control of the situation within your reach of influence.

#2 Begin with the end in mind

Your end goal is your vision for the future in a certain category in life. Think about the things people would say at your funeral about you. Do you like what you hear from your family, colleagues, community? If not, now is the time to change it.

#3 Do first things first

With the end goal in mind, focus on what you need to do to get there. For each category or role you have in life, reverse engineer what steps you need to take to get there.

#4 Think win/win

In all relationships there is interdependence. Focusing on win/win in relationships requires leadership and management.

#5 Seek first to understand, then to be understood

For a win/win situation, you best start with listening to what the other says, and nurture communication till you truly understand what the other means.

#6 Synergize

Use teamwork to combine the strength of people, because the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

#7 Sharpen the saw

Highly effective people not just ‘do the work’, they make sure they are properly equipped to do it. They continuously develop themselves to have the right tools. To efficiently take the next step.

Next week, I will share you my thoughts and ‘aha’ moments in category #1 Be proactive