Habits of Highly Effective People

I feel sure that living with a highly positive outlook and having a deep inner knowing that I am already a success, I will invoke the abundance that success brings.

I came across this recently while searching for symbols of success and would like to share them with you.

These 7 Habits were developed based on a study of the idea of success, the trends and patterns, or habits, that were consistent in successful or effective people.   They are as follows:

Habit 1:  Be Proactive
Our lives are the result of our own decisions, not what is happening around us. We take responsibility for our decisions, moods, actions, responses and our own lives.

Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind
We want to begin every endeavor with a clear sense of purpose. Every person, every team, every organization has a quality of uniqueness, an un-reproducable potential to make a contribution that no one else can make. We must discover what that contribution is, both personally and professionally.

Habit 3:  Put First Things First
Putting first things first means we focus on effectiveness first, then efficiency; relationships first, then schedules; important things first, then the urgent things; the compass first, then the clock. Planning in this manner allows us to give attention to our highest priorities – important priorities that really make a difference.

Habit 4:  Think Win-Win
Thinking win-win lies at the heart of all relationships. This habit is really the Golden Rule. Can we find a solution that is mutually beneficial? Thinking win-win requires us to balance the courage to get our own needs met with the consideration for the needs of the other person as well.

Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand before being Understood
All people have the need to be understood. Too often we listen with the intent to reply, to influence, to fix or to accomplish our own agenda. One way to strive to understand people is to listen empathically – understanding another’s point of view and feelings.

Habit 6:  Synergize
Synergy means that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Synergy is creative cooperation with the result being a solution or idea that is better than what anyone has proposed. The essence of synergy is valuing differences.

Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw
Sharpen the Saw is the principle of renewal. It is a commitment to preserve and enhance the greatest asset we have – ourselves.