I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

— Stephen Covey

The most powerful Stephen Covey quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

To achieve goals you've never achieved before, you need to start doing things you've never done before.


Seek first to understand and then to be understood.

Stephen Covey quote I am not a product of my circumstances.

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.


The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Stephen Covey quote You have to decide what your highest pri

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.


Time management is really a misnomer; the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.


Integrity is conforming reality to our words - in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.


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

Stephen Covey quote People don't listen with the intent to u

People don't listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.


Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.


Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.


Live out of your imagination, not your history.

Stephen Covey quote The 7 habits of highly effective people.

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.


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.


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


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 quote If there is no gardener, there is no gar

If there is no gardener, there is no garden.


About Stephen Covey

Quotes 722 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Businessman
Birthday October 24, 1932

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.


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.


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

Stephen Covey quote Most people do not listen with the inten

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


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.


To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


Live your life by a compass, not a clock.


Begin with the end in mind.


Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.


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


What you do has far greater impact than what you say.


Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.


We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.


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.


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


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.


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


A moment of choice is a moment of truth.


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


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


Beginners are many; finishers are few.


Synergy is better than my way or your way. It's our way.


Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.


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


See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.