7 habits

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Essay

The book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People wrote by Stephen R. Covey provide us seven habits that will give us a powerful lesson thus change us into effective people. So I will list all the seven habits from the book below, and analysis how they relate to me as a student.

The first habit from the book is to be proactive. Being proactive means we need to make action in advance. Rather than waiting for others to make decisions and then we react according to them, we should do it beforehand. In the book, Covey uses the example of circle of concern to illustrate how to focus proactively. He (2004) asserts that "proactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Influence. They work on the things they can do something about.

Reactive people, on the other hand, focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern. They focus on the weakness of other people, the problems in the environment, and circumstances over which they have no control" (p. 83). It means that he suggests us to actually work on the problems and thus influence the conditions rather than worrying about the problems. I was a reactive people before. I like to complain the problems to my friends because I am stressed out and being too worried, but I never think about to change the conditions practically. However, my point of view changed when I was studying in Greece. After my midterm for my Global Experience class, I found out my grade just pass the course and it was nearly to fail. I was really frustrated, so I kept complaining to my classmates how difficult and course was.