Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.— Stephen Covey
Most Powerful 7 Habits quotations
Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.
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.
Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.
We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.
Interdependence is a choice only independent people can make
The way we see the problem is the problem.
When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.
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.
Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic
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.
But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success
To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.
Always begin with the end in mind.
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.
Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.
Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).
How you treat the one reveals how you regard the many, because everyone is ultimately a one.
I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.
Courage isn't absenct of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important
Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential.
It is one thing to make a mistake, and quite another thing not to admit it.
People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the mind, mistakes of judgment. But people will not easily forgive the mistakes of the heart, the ill intention, the bad motives, the prideful justifying cover-up of the first mistake.
The enemy of the "best" is often the "good."
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.
Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.
Treat them all the same by treating them differently.
If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself.
The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.
Trust is the highest form of human motivation.
When air is charged with emotions, an attempt to teach is often perceived as a form of judgment and rejection.
Begin each day with the blueprint of my deepest values FIRMLY in mind then when challenges come, make decisions BASED on those values.
To Retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent.
Seven habits that help produce the anything-but-efficient markets that rule the world. 1. Think short term. 2. Be greedy. 3. Believe in the greater fool 4. Run with the herd. 5. Overgeneralize 6. Be trendy 7. Play with other people's money