The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
" The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey came out in 1989. If you are a small business owner you have probably read this book. I know people who read it and read it regularly.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", and there is a new edition of the book that is both bigger and better.
I read the book several times and even took the Franklin Planner course several times before it was integrated into the "7 Habits" principles and became the Franklin Covey organization. It changed my life and mindset and eliminated a lot of stress. <! – ->
I don't know when it happened, but somehow I "forgot" my 7-habit practice.
And I paid for it.
In 1998 I became the global marketing director of a large company. It wasn't what I thought was a great opportunity to use my leadership skills positively. It wasn't long before I was in such a deep reactive mode that I didn't know what was up or down. I started to suffer from extreme insomnia and fear. I became disillusioned and depressed. I just couldn't stand the job, the team and even the customers. And I stepped back.
As I whirled around in a sea of self-pity, I took my old and donkey-eared copy of 7 habits. And I started reading it through. Then I gave myself the task of concentrating on one habit at a time. The return to a life I loved had begun. <! – ->
It's a good time to rethink the 7 habits for yourself.
I don't think the Franklin Covey organization knew that a pandemic was imminent. But I think they knew it was time to release a new edition of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" for today's distracted, stressed, and overwhelmed audience.
When things go crazy, it is always a good idea to take a step back and focus on the basics. It's time to get rid of distractions that are supposed to mess up your thinking and priorities. It's time to remember what really matters.
It's time to grab a NEW edition of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". <! – ->
This new edition of 7 Habits has been updated by Sean Covey with new content that I think you will find revealing.
Sean Covey's sections are brilliantly vulnerable, powerful, and inspiring.
When I read Sean Covey's very personal insights and experiences, I was touched by how authentic and honest it was. He openly shares what it is like to be part of the Covey family and what impact this has had on him and his own children.
What I got from these updated sections of the book was inspiring. Not because of the 7 habits principles, but because of the honest sharing of the fact that we are human. We forget. We make mistakes. And that the real test of your leadership is not whether you apply the 7 Habits principles perfectly, but how quickly you recover from forgetting them.
Are you ready to take a closer look at yourself?
If you can rely on something, it is a disturbance and change. And when we go through a period of disturbance, change and uncertainty, we tend to lose our center or sense of direction and use more primitive "fight or flight" responses.
It's been a while since I took a closer look at the 7 habits, and when I read through this new edition, I was impressed with the urgency of the sound.
It is as if every page, every diagram on my shoulders, look me straight in the eye and say: "Look at this! Is this where you are? And if so, look there. See how much better it is over there! Imagine if you saw things a little differently, how much more creative and powerful would you be? "
For example, Habit 2 is "Start with the goal". Sounds easy, doesn't it? Now, before you get where you are going. You need to know exactly where you are. You need to know your "center".
"Whatever is in your center will be the source of your security, guidance and wisdom."
Ahhh. That's nice.
Then Stephen Covey explains the most common things we put at the center of our lives. Money, pleasure, ourselves, our spouse, a church, work, enemies – there are so many more.
Then he goes on to explain that we focus on these external things. And what do we know about external things – you cannot control them. They control you. So you are always up or down.
I was simply overwhelmed by this table – and frankly, I felt uncomfortable seeing myself all too often in some of them. You will too.
BUT if you focus on principles this is a way of being. It is something that you control.
I like to consider principles as a way of being. WHO are you in each of these areas of your life? Your principles are at the root of who you are. So you show up in each of these areas.
For example, you can choose "Love" or "Fun". Just think how powerful that is.
Their principles are constant. While these other elements can change.
Loaded with exercises that you perform
While all previous editions had exercises for you, this new edition has really expanded them.
During this time when we spend so much time at home. If our external activities and engagements are limited, this is the ideal time to go through this book and actually do these exercises.
Imagine being able to sit down with yourself, your family or your team and have these conversations instead of being distracted by external "fix it" activities.
Imagine the possible change in your way of thinking, your attitude, your relationships.
If you have been overwhelmed and afraid of everything that is going on around you, the new edition of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" is a must read NOW.