Essay on The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People By Stephen Covey

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"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey outlines seven principles that he believes individuals need to focus on in order to become highly effective. “Habits are powerful factors in our lives. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character and produce our effectiveness…or ineffectiveness.” (Covey, 2004, p. 46)
The seven habits Covey summaries in the text are Be Productive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win/Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw. He describes how adopting these seven habits teaches one to be their true selves, to be authentic, to live with self-respect, and to continually do everything with integrity. He emphasizes that it is necessary to identify the interdependence that individuals each required with the specific skills it takes to become highly effective. The authors’ intent is to empower individuals to significantly enhance their routine competency through awareness by embedding these habits.
Be Proactive
Being proactive is when one takes initiative for their life; they own up to whom they are, and what they do. Proactive individuals not only take the initiative, but they are aware that they are responsible for the choices of their behavior. “Our basic nature is to act, and not be acted upon.” (Covey, 2004, p. 75) Reactive people are the opposite of those who are proactive, they do not take the…

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