The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 1:  Be Proactive

I am a responsible person.  I take initiative.  I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods.  I do not blame others for my wrong actions.  I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking. 

Habit 2:  Begin with the end in Mind

I plan ahead and set goals.  I do things that have meaning and make a difference.  I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision, and look for ways to be a good citizen. 

Habit 3:  put first things first

I spend my time on things that are most important.  This means I say no to things I know I should not do.  I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan.  I am disciplined and organized. 

Habit 4:  Think win-win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want.  I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts.  When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives. 

Habit 5:  Seek first to understand, then to be understood

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.  I try to see things from their viewpoints.  I listen to others without interrupting.  I am confident in voicing my ideas.  I look people in the eyes when talking. 

Habit 6:  Synergize

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them.  I get along well with others, even people who are different than me.  I work well in groups.  I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone.  I am humble. 

Habit 7:  Sharpen the saw

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep.  I spend time with my family and friends.  I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school.  I take time to find meaningful ways to help others. 

From:  The Leader in Me by Stephen R. Covey

 
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