The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was written by Stephen R. Covey in 1989. This book has been on the National Best Seller list. Many people have attended Covey's seminars on the subject. Many companies have required top executives to read this book. This book proposes that there are seven habits that can be learned to improve one's personal and interpersonal effectiveness.

Habit one is to be proactive. This habit says that as human beings we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We create our own destiny. The proactive person acts rather than waiting to be acted upon.

Habit two is to begin with the end in mind. If we paint a visual image of what we want our life to be then we actually provide a standard which we can watch our behaviors. We must understand where we want to be going.

We should develop a personal goal. It will provide the direction that we want to live our lives. This will force us to give thought to our values and what we want to accomplish in life.

In the third habit is to put first things first. This habit requires good management of time. By setting goals of what things are needed to be done first and what can wait will make a more responsible person. If time is not an important priority, we must say no to reserve time for those things that are higher priority.

Think Win/Win, is the fourth habit. This habit is base on cooperation rather than competition. we must be able to point out our mistakes and take into consideration to others mistakes. to have the win/win mentality you must learn to know how to lose and know when you are...