110+ Stephen Covey Quotes On Change, Trust And Relationships

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  1. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
  2. To achieve goals you've never achieved before, you need to start doing things you've never done before.
  3. Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
  4. The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
  5. Time management is really a misnomer; the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.
  6. Integrity is conforming reality to our words - in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.
  7. There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles.
  8. Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.
  9. Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
  10. Live out of your imagination, not your history.

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Seek first to understand and then to be understood. — Stephen Covey

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There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles. — Stephen Covey

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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
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Live out of your imagination, not your history. — Stephen Covey

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You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage - pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically - to say NO to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger YES burning inside.
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To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground. — Stephen Covey

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Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. — Stephen Covey

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Live your life by a compass, not a clock. — Stephen Covey

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What you do has far greater impact than what you say. — Stephen Covey

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Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution. — Stephen Covey

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People don't listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
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A moment of choice is a moment of truth. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Short Quotes

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  • To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.
  • Begin with the end in mind.
  • Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.
  • A moment of choice is a moment of truth.
  • Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.
  • Synergy is better than my way or your way. It's our way.
  • What does it matter how much we do if what we're doing isn't what matters most?
  • We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.
  • We become what we repeatedly do.
  • Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.
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The 7 habits of highly effective people.1. Be proactive. 2. Begin with the end in mind.3. Put first things first.4. Think win-win.5. Seek first to understand and then to be understood.6. Synergize. 7. Sharpen the saw.

Stephen Covey Quotes On Leadership

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I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a 'transformer' in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader. — Stephen Covey

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What you do has far greater impact than what you say. — Stephen Covey

A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and competence. — Stephen Covey

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Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them. — Stephen Covey

Most people say their main fault is a lack of discipline. On deeper thought, I believe this is not the case. The basic problem is that their priorities have not become deeply planted in their hearts and minds. — Stephen Covey

Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment. — Stephen Covey

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Live out of your imagination, not your history.

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. — Stephen Covey

Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic — Stephen Covey

You can't be successful with other people if you haven't paid the price of success with yourself. — Stephen Covey

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. — Stephen Covey

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Stephen Covey Quotes On Change

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Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. — Stephen Covey

We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions. — Stephen Covey

We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us. — Stephen Covey

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change. — Stephen Covey

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good. — Stephen Covey

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

Your power to choose your direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, to change your future, and to powerfully influence the rest of creation. — Stephen Covey

Courage isn't absenct of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important — Stephen Covey

If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm. — Stephen Covey

I can change. I can live out of my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Trust

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Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships. — Stephen Covey

Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience. — Stephen Covey

When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective. — Stephen Covey

If you want to be trusted, be trustworthy. — Stephen Covey

The process of building trust is an interesting one, but it begins with yourself, with what I call self trust, and with your own credibility, your own trustworthiness. If you think about it, it's hard to establish trust with others if you can't trust yourself. — Stephen Covey

Nothing is as fast as the speed of trust. Nothing is as fulfilling as a relationship of trust. Nothing is as inspiring as an offering of trust. Nothing is as profitable as the economics of trust. Nothing has more influence than a reputation of trust. — Stephen Covey

One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present. — Stephen Covey

Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both. I submit that while high trust won't necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one. — Stephen Covey

True leadership is moral authority, not formal authority. Leadership is a choice, not a position. The choice is to follow universal timeless principles, which will build trust and respect from the entire organization. Those with formal authority alone will lose this trust and respect. — Stephen Covey

Leadership without mutual trust is a contradiction in terms. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Relationships

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Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them — Stephen Covey

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships. — Stephen Covey

Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together. — Stephen Covey

The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. — Stephen Covey

Little kindness and courtesies are so important. In relationships, the little things are the big things. — Stephen Covey

Our greatest joy and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others. — Stephen Covey

Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others. — Stephen Covey

All broken relationships can be traced back to broken agreements — Stephen Covey

One of the best ways to educate our hearts is to look at our interaction with other people, because our relationships with others are fundamentally a reflection of our relationship with ourselves. — Stephen Covey

Private victories precede public victories. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Time Management

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The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. — Stephen Covey

Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important. — Stephen Covey

How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most. — Stephen Covey

The environment you fashion out of your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideals, your philosophy is the only climate you will ever live in. The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. — Stephen Covey

Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things. — Stephen Covey

We may be very busy, we may be very 'efficient', but we will also be truly 'effective' only when we begin with the end in mind. — Stephen Covey

Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system. — Stephen Covey

The essence of the best thinking in the area of time management (practice planning) can be captured in a single phrase: Organize and execute around priorities — Stephen Covey

'Efficient' scheduling and control of time are often counterproductive. The efficiency focus creates expectations that clash with the opportunities to develop rich relationships, to meet human needs, and to enjoy spontaneous moments on a daily basis. — Stephen Covey

The struggle comes when we sense a gap between the clock and the compass - when what we do doesn't contribute to what is most important in our lives. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Communication

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If two people have the same opinion, one is unnecessary. ... I don't want to talk, to communicate, with someone who agrees with me; I want to communicate with you because you see it differently. I value that difference. — Stephen Covey

If I were to summarize in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in the field of interpersonal relations, it would be this: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This principle is the key to effective interpersonal communication. — Stephen Covey

What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. There are people we trust because we know their character. Whether they're eloquent or not, whether they have human-relations techniques or not, we trust them and work with them. — Stephen Covey

In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. — Stephen Covey

...people have character strength but they lack communication skills, and that undoubtedly affects the quality of relationships as well. — Stephen Covey

Effective communication is built on the cement of trust. And trust is based on trustworthiness, not politics. — Stephen Covey

Only as we keep an open communication with our deep inner life will we have the wisdom to make effective choices. — Stephen Covey

It's a fact that more people watch television and get their information that way than read books. I find new technology and new ways of communication very exciting and would like to do more in this field. — Stephen Covey

Communication is the most important single activity of man. — Stephen Covey

Communication is the most important skill in life. We spend most of our waking hours communicating. But consider this: You've spent years learning how to read and write, years learning how to speak. But what about listening? — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Character

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The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focused on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based. — Stephen Covey

We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles. — Stephen Covey

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. — Stephen Covey

You will never be able to truly step inside another person, to see the world as he sees it, until you develop the pure desire, the strength of personal character, and the positive Emotional Bank Account, as well as the empathetic listening skills to do it. — Stephen Covey

The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character. — Stephen Covey

The place to begin building any relationship is inside ourselves, inside our circle of influence, our own character. — Stephen Covey

It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize. — Stephen Covey

As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people's opinions or by comparisons to others. — Stephen Covey

Public behavior is merely private character writ large. — Stephen Covey

It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Listening

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Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. — Stephen Covey

Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love, the verb. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her. — Stephen Covey

Empathic listening takes time, but it doesn't take anywhere near as much time as it takes to back up and correct misunderstandings when you're already miles down the road; to redo; to live with unexpressed and unsolved problems; to deal with the results of not giving people psychological air. — Stephen Covey

People don't listen to understand. They listen to reply. The collective monologue is everyone talking and no one listening. — Stephen Covey

When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air. — Stephen Covey

Listen, involve, synergize at work. Then you will bury the old and create an entirely new winning culture which will unleash people's talents and create complementary teams where strengths are made productive and weakness are made irrelevant through the strengths of others. — Stephen Covey

When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it's like giving them emotional oxygen. — Stephen Covey

If we know how to listen to our own heart, we can listen to the hearts of others. — Stephen Covey

Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply. — Stephen Covey

Both times I was in India, I could not get people to listen to each other. I had to literally tell people to listen to each other and tell them that they can't get creative and find alternate solutions if they don't listen to each other. There's a lot of arguing and justifying. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Success

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Beginners are many; finishers are few. — Stephen Covey

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly. — Stephen Covey

It is possible to be busy-very busy-without being very effective. — Stephen Covey

Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success. — Stephen Covey

Link yourself to your potential, not to your past. — Stephen Covey

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success — Stephen Covey

Be sure that, as you scramble up the ladder of success, it is leaning against the right building. — Stephen Covey

Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas. But can it really?... True effectiveness requires balance. — Stephen Covey

To be successful we must live from our imaginations, not from our memories. — Stephen Covey

It's incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busy-ness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it's leaning against the wrong wall. It is possible to be busy - very busy - without being very effective. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Love

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There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase 'to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.' The need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution. — Stephen Covey

The heart and soul of loving yourself is integrity and the peace of conscience it inspires. — Stephen Covey

If you want to have a more pleasant, cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, empathic, consistent, loving parent. If you want to have more freedom, more latitude in your job, be a more responsible, a more helpful, a more contributing employee. — Stephen Covey

Love is a verb. Love is something you do: the sacrifices you make, the giving of self. If you want to study love, study those who sacrifice for others. Love - the feeling - is a fruit of love the verb. — Stephen Covey

Live the law of love. We encourage obedience to the laws of life when we live the laws of love. — Stephen Covey

Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy. — Stephen Covey

Interdependence is a higher value than independence — Stephen Covey

Love - THE FEELING - is a fruit of love, the verb. — Stephen Covey

Whether or not we belong to a church or service organization or have a job that provides meaningful service opportunities, not a day goes by that we can't at least serve one other human being by making deposits of unconditional love. — Stephen Covey

To live; to love; to learn; and to leave a legacy. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Productivity

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We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice. — Stephen Covey

The amateur salesman sells products; the professional sells solutions to needs and problems. — Stephen Covey

Highly proactive people don't blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice. — Stephen Covey

The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life. — Stephen Covey

We are product of neither nature nor nurture; we are a product of choice, because there is always a space between stimulus and response. As we wisely exercise our power to choose based on principles, the space will become larger. — Stephen Covey

If you want to get something done, give it to a busy man. — Stephen Covey

Fundamentally, we are a product of choice, not nature (genes) or nurture (upbringing, environment). — Stephen Covey

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. — Stephen Covey

The role of the leader is to foster mutual respect and build a complementary team where each strength is made productive and each weakness irrelevant. — Stephen Covey

My behavior is a product of my own conscious choices based on principles, rather than a product of my conditions, based on feelings. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Wisdom

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Humility is the mother of all virtues, courage the father, integrity the child and wisdom the grandchild. — Stephen Covey

Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. — Stephen Covey

It's like the more you know the more you know you don't know. — Stephen Covey

It takes humility to seek feedback. It takes wisdom to understand it, analyze it and appropriately act on it. — Stephen Covey

Once you have a clear picture of your priorities - that is values, goals, and high leverage activities - organize around them. — Stephen Covey

Consult the wisdom of your heart as well as your mind. — Stephen Covey

Would you not agree that relationships are built on trust? Would you not also agree that most individuals think more in terms of "me-my wants, my needs, my rights? What would wisdom dictate - would it not direct us to focus on trust-building principles and sacrificing 'me' for 'we'?" — Stephen Covey

Conscience connects us with the wisdom of the ages and the wisdom of the heart. — Stephen Covey

Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On People

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If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won't require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without. Their motivation is internal, not external. — Stephen Covey

The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person. Reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, by their environment. Proactive people are driven by values - carefully thought about, selected and internalized values. — Stephen Covey

Interdependence is a choice only independent people can make — Stephen Covey

Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people. — Stephen Covey

Unless people feel that they are accepted and that they have a right to express their feelings without fear of embarrassment or ridicule, all they will do is react and rebel and struggle for their identity. — Stephen Covey

If the only vision we have of ourselves comes from the social mirror - from the current social paradigm and from the opinions, perceptions, and paradigms of the people around us - our view of ourselves is like the reflection in a crazy mirror room at the carnival. — Stephen Covey

The more deeply you understand other people, the more you will appreciate them, the more reverent you will feel about them. To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground. — Stephen Covey

We hear a lot about identity theft when someone takes your wallet and pretends to be you and uses your credit cards. But the more serious identity theft is to get swallowed up in other people's definition of you. — Stephen Covey

Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them. — Stephen Covey

If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Life

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You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life. — Stephen Covey

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. — Stephen Covey

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Live your life by a compass, not a clock. — Stephen Covey

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Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution. — Stephen Covey

Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life's scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children's lives. — Stephen Covey

The problems in life come when we're sowing one thing and expecting to reap something entirely different. — Stephen Covey

It doesn't really matter how fast you're going if you're heading in the wrong direction. — Stephen Covey

The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things. — Stephen Covey

In the absence of wake-up calls, many of us never really confront the critical issues of life. — Stephen Covey

The first principle of ethical power is Purpose. By purpose, I don't mean your objective or intention-something toward which you are always striving. Purpose is something bigger. It is the picture you have of yourself-the kind of person you want to be or the kind of life you want to lead. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Principles

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Attending church does not necessarily mean living the principles taught in those meeting. You can be active in a church but inactive in its gospel. — Stephen Covey

Principles don't die. They aren't here one day and gone the next. They can't be destroyed by fire, earthquake or theft. Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths. — Stephen Covey

We must not let the actions or words of others determine our responses. Magnanimous people make the choice to respond to the indignities of others based upon their own principles and their own value system rather than their moods or anger. — Stephen Covey

The universal elements are integrity, vision, discipline, passion, governed by conscience. Conscience has been educated through studying and pondering the universal, timeless principles of all six major world religions. — Stephen Covey

Principles are deep fundamental truths... lightly interwoven threads running with exactness, consistency, beauty and strength through the fabric of life. — Stephen Covey

Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way. — Stephen Covey

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect. — Stephen Covey

Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value. — Stephen Covey

Everyone has values; even criminal gangs have values. Values govern people's behavior but principles govern the consequences of those behaviors. — Stephen Covey

Independent will is our capacity to act. It gives us the power to transcend our paradigms, to swim upstream, to rewrite our scripts, to act based on principle rather than reacting based on emotion or circumstance. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On Problems

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Make small commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. Be a part of the solution, not the problem. — Stephen Covey

See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy. — Stephen Covey

When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems. — Stephen Covey

As long as you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem — Stephen Covey

The way we see the problem is the problem. — Stephen Covey

Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves - who can take initiative and be the solution to problems. — Stephen Covey

You can't talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into! — Stephen Covey

People who end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, who seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary to get the job done. — Stephen Covey

All the well-meaning advice in the world won't amount to a hill of beans if we're not even addressing the real problem. — Stephen Covey

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Quotes On World

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Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before hey actually do it. They begin with the end in mind. — Stephen Covey

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it. — Stephen Covey

When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion-that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet-therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul's code. — Stephen Covey

There is so much we can do to render service, to make a difference in the world - no matter how large or small our circle of influence. — Stephen Covey

The key to creating passion in your life is to find your unique talents, and your special role and purpose in the world. — Stephen Covey

I think the most significant work we'll do in our whole life, in our whole world is done within the four walls of our home. — Stephen Covey

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are -- or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms. — Stephen Covey

We must look at the lens through we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world. — Stephen Covey

Through imagination, we can visualize the uncredited worlds of potential that lie within us. — Stephen Covey

Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world. — Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Seek first to understand and then to be understood. — Stephen Covey

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There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles. — Stephen Covey

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Live out of your imagination, not your history. — Stephen Covey

The reality is that everybody makes mistakes. The issue isn't whether you will make them, it's what you will do about them. It's whether you will choose the path of humility and courage or the path of ego and pride. — Stephen Covey

Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us. — Stephen Covey

When parents see their children's problems as opportunities to build the relationship instead of as negative, burdensome irritations, it totally changes the nature of parent-child interaction. Parents become more willing, even excited, about deeply understanding and helping their children. . . . This paradigm is powerful in business as well. — Stephen Covey

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Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. — Stephen Covey

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 — Stephen Covey

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Live your life by a compass, not a clock. — Stephen Covey

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What you do has far greater impact than what you say. — Stephen Covey

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Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution. — Stephen Covey

When trust is high, the dividend you receive is like a performance multiplier, elevating and improving every dimension of your organization and your life.... In a company, high trust materially improves communication, collaboration, execution, innovation, strategy, engagement, partnering, and relationships with all stakeholders. — Stephen Covey

Synergy: The combined effect of individuals in collaboration that exceeds the sum of their individual effects. — Stephen Covey

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A moment of choice is a moment of truth. — Stephen Covey

Be a light, not a judge, be a model not a critic. Little by little, your circle of influence will explode and you will avoid the emotional metastasizing cancers of complaining, criticizing, competing, comparing and cynicism, all which reflect victimization, all of which are the opposite of being proactive. — Stephen Covey

The essence of synergy is to value differences-to respect them, to build on strengths, to compensate for weaknesses — Stephen Covey

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don't pay the price day in and day out, you'll never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind. — Stephen Covey

Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people's lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure. — Stephen Covey

Prepare your mind and heart before you prepare your speech . What we say may be less important than how we say it. — Stephen Covey

Free your heart from hatred - forgive. Free your mind from worries - most never happen. Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more. Expect less. — Stephen Covey

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. — Stephen Covey

Writing is another powerful way to sharpen the mental saw. Keeping a journal of our thoughts, experiences, insights, and learnings promotes mental clarity, exactness, and context. — Stephen Covey

Almost every significant breakthrough is the result of a courageous break with traditional ways of thinking. — Stephen Covey

Difference is the beginning of synergy. — Stephen Covey

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. — Stephen Covey

The key to growth is to learn to make promises and to keep them. — Stephen Covey

Only after we can learn to forgive ourselves can we accept others as they are because we don't feel threatened by anything about them which is better than us. — Stephen Covey

Being proactive is more than taking initiative. It is recognizing that we are responsible for our own choices and have the freedom to choose based on principles and values rather than on moods or condition. Proactive people are agents of change and choose not to be victims, to be reactive, or to blame others. — Stephen Covey

Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it. — Stephen Covey

Give no answer to contentious arguments or irresponsible accusations. Let such things "fly out open windows" until they spend themselves. — Stephen Covey

Self-awareness involves deep personal honesty. It comes from asking and answering hard questions. — Stephen Covey

All things are created twice; first mentally; then physically. The key to creativity is to begin with the end in mind, with a vision and a blue print of the desired result. — Stephen Covey

Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them. — Stephen Covey

Life Lessons by Stephen Covey

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  1. Stephen Covey taught the importance of proactivity, which is the idea of taking initiative and being responsible for your own life.
  2. He also emphasized the importance of focusing on the important things in life, such as relationships and personal growth.
  3. He also taught the importance of prioritizing tasks and being organized to be more effective and efficient.

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