I finally finished “7 Habits”! I started reading Stephen Covey’s book four different times after receiving it for Christmas years ago, and until recently, just never really committed to it. I think the very title intimidated me. The words “habits” and “highly effective” are heavy.
Now that I’ve finished it, I would strongly urge you to read it as well. The subject matter is nothing if not important, and it’s filled with enough anecdotes to keep things light.
I have come up with a list of the 7 lessons I learned from Mr. Covey’s book. They are nice and bite-sized to just give you a little taste.
Here you are:
1.) Never allow yourself to feel like a victim. Your response to the world is always within your control, and you never stop being responsible for who and what you are.
2.) When we are centered on anything other than the bedrock values of scripture, we give up our security and make decisions based on emotions instead of truth. This includes being centered on good things like children, parents, spouse, and career. It ultimately won’t work.
3.) Delegation is one of the most powerful ways to influence other people and accomplish great things.
4.) We often overlook the activities that will truly make our work easier and better because other tasks seem more urgent. Make wiser decisions with your time.
5.) Communication only truly works when you focus on understanding the perspective of someone else before trying to get them to understand you.
6.) Interdependence is not weakness. Dependence is weakness, independence is an illusion, but interdependence is power.
7.) It may seem like your only choices in conflict are win/lose or a compromise, but there is actually a magical third option: creatively searching for another possibility that allows for everyone to get exactly what they need/want. This is called synergy.
That’s meaty subject matter, don’t you think? Let me know if you have already read Mr. Covey’s book and what you think of it! I’d love to chat about it!