The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

A)Stephen R Covey is the author of a very famous book called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. The book is built upon 3 categories and 7 habits within those. The first category is called Independence or Self Mastery, these habits are effective for moving from dependence to independence. Within this category we have our first three habits: 1. Be Proactive: take initiative, what you put into life is what you’ll get out of it. 2. Begin with the end in mind: Essentially you want to create a mission statement for your character values and life goals. 3. Put first things first: Get done what is important to you first over urgency, this way you can see where you efforts should lie and propel you toward your goals. Now for our second category which is called Interdependence which has 3 more habits under it as well. This is the category for working with others, these are the habits: 4. Think Win-Win: Understanding that a win-win scenario is best for the long run you should strive to always seek this outcome in your relationships. 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood: If you genuinely listen and respond with honestly, you will find it will be reciprocated because people will be more open to being influenced. 6. Synergize: Work collaboratively and combine peoples strengths to reach goals no one single person can. The last category is Self Renewal and this focuses on helping heal and rejuvenate yourself. This category contains the last habit which is: 7. Sharpen the Saw: It is important to keep active, pray and have good reading to have mental renewal.

B) I find the 3 habits that i currently possess are Habit 3, 4 and 6. I believe I have habit 3 because I prioritize my life in order of importance of things instead of urgency of the task of hand. I find this allows me to be happy with my life and keep thinks organized and stress free. I find for habit 4 I am always striving to make it a Win-Win situation in my relationships because that is just the way I am. I don’t want to screw people out of anything, I want everyone to go away satisfied. I also definitely possess habit 6 as I have played hockey and team sports my whole life and understand how much a team can do compared to 1 person.

C) By allowing myself to prioritize my importance as opposed to urgency, my motivation drives me through the earlier projects of importance. When I am less motivated with the urgent projects, I have pushed by the due date to get the rest done. As for my teamwork skills, I find both Win-Win and Team strength extremely useful skills as i am always in groups throughout my courses.

D) These habits can be applied the same way as they are in my educational purposes. I will use habit 3 with the same method for projects in the business workplace. My teamwork skills will also transfer well into the business world as there are lots of team projects done throughout.



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