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The 7 habits of highly effective people


Hello Folks,
Being an English Language and Soft Skills trainer at one of the Top Colleges in Kerala - De Paul Institute of Science and Technology (DiST), I educate and train Undergraduates as well as Post Graduate students, but a recurring question brews up in my mind - “Is there something wrong with our students “. Through my interactions with students I came to realize, the lack of good habits are the shackles that grip them back. Thus, I decided to write my first blog about one of my favorite books on habits.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
“We need strong habits in our lives in order to achieve greatness”
Aristotle once said “we are what we repeatedly do, excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”
This book is published in 1988 and is a business and self-help book. The book first introduces the concept of paradigm shift and helps the reader understand that different perspectives exist, i.e. two people can see the same thing and yet differ with each other. On this premise, it introduces the seven habits in a proper order which can change your lives forever to a higher perspective.
Each chapter is dedicated to one of the habits, which are represented by the following imperatives
The first three habits are all about going from being dependent to being self-reliant One of the greatest virtues a master must develop is independence - working with yourself
1. Be proactive
Instead of problems, you just focus on positive results and solutions. Where unsuccessful person’s fingerprint takes no responsibility for their actions and try to always shift the blame on others. Things don't always go as we planned, but it's how we react to them that defines our character. You hold yourself accountable even if the problem at hand might not be your fault. This way you can take a stoic objective look at what happened, figure it out and keep it from happening again. If you stress by something that is out of your control like bad weather you save your energy by not complaining and keeping a calm peaceful mind about it. If you can actively do something about it like taking control of your nutrition and fitness, focusing on staying healthy through workouts, sleep and meditation then be
2. Begin with the end in mind
If you have no goals, you can't strive for them so if we decide to lose some weight at the gym, for example, we know we want to burn a lot of calories until we are about 10 pounds lighter and we keep track of it with a workout plan leading all the way up to achieving that goal. You ever notice how the people with the least ambition seem to have no goals in life That's not a coincidence as you need to plan all the way to the end.
3. Put the first things first
You prioritize what’s important and urgent and you don't work for works sake or waste time and energy on unimportant tasks as a form of procrastination. The next step is always the most important one. The unsuccessful avoid the work that they should've done weeks ago out of fear of rejection or confrontation, but no matter how unpleasant the task is, if it's essential to getting ahead you push through it. Also by not forgetting what's important to us like family, friends and health. We don't get too caught up in work. You put yourself because it improves everything you focus on after. Interdependence is just as important as independence working with others
4. Think win- win
You understand that the best deals in business and in overall life benefits all parties involved. Not only do you get the value out of the equation, but you're giving value back. Gary Vaynerchuk a living legend says - “whoever gives value first wins”. You're not focusing on what you can get or take. You are focusing on what you can give and how you can be helpful to others. The rich are generous not because they have a lot of money, but they have a lot of money because they are generous.
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
You emphasize with other people and you understand that you might not always be right, so you keep an open mind and try to see the other person's perspective. By understanding where they’re coming from and what concerns they might have, you can communicate with that person more effectively and thus both grow through a constructive argument. When you see something out of the ordinary, you’re not quick to judge and put it in a box instead you embrace new ideas and learn throughout the process
6. Synergies
You seek to share resources and work together because you know you will be stronger, faster and smarter, when you help each other through collaborative teamwork. If we take a look at soccer we see that every player has a function and their goals is to get the ball into the net and they only way they can achieve that is by synergizing.
7. Sharpen the saw
It's all about the continuous improvements here the sharpness of the saw symbolises how effective, how good you really are and the fact of the matter is that we need to work on ourselves until the day we die. The saw is never sharp enough. One teacher asked a student “isn't that sad that you never reach a stop sign ?” One student replied , “ No, We don't get to see the stop sign because it is not until our last breath that we stop pursuing a better self.” In other words, what happens to a flower when it stops growing ? It dies… We are very similar in that regards. The meaning of life for you, and you are not alone in fulfilling your true potential
You want to be the greatest man you can be and you want to encourage others on their path to becoming their best self.
This is what Stephen Covey calls the 8th habits. Finding your voice and inspiring others to find theirs. (Work Hard & Be Nice to People)

Published by: SOLOMON JOHN
ENGLISH TRAINER DE PAUL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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