7 Habits Of Highly Effective People By Stephen Covey
7 Habits & Listening
Listening is a true skill and unfortunately many people assume they know how to listen the right way. It’s because we hear involuntarily and that’s often confused with listening which is supposed to be active. Towards the beginning of the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, a similar confusion is discussed where people often confuse their perspectives with reality. Not realizing that before we change a situation we must change our perspectives. Listening is a strong first step to considering multiple perspectives and it ties into this book in many ways.
Listening is taking the time to understand, and even for those who struggle with listening to others listening to ourselves should be easy. That’s what we must do to be proactive and not reactive to situations in our lives. Effective and proactive people understand that as an individual we determine how we respond and proceed. Covey said, “It is our willing permission, our consent to what happens to us, that hurts us far more than what happened to us in the first place." That’s why we need to evaluate our character and listen to ourselves.
Effective people see the importance of beginning with the end in mind. This chapter discussed how we lock in and work hard for things not realizing if they’re what truly matters to us. Covey said, “It's incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busyness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success…