Tuesday 22nd October 03:23

Selected Quotes: "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

7habits02_142Here are some of our selected quotes from "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" covering the 5 themes of Communications, Wisdom, Management, Actions and Habits, and Personal Values.

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People": Selected Quotes on Communications

"To retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent."

"Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships. When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective."

"Treat them all the same by treating them differently."

"It's not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us."

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply."

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People": Selected Quote on Wisdom

"Wisdom is the child of integrity—being integrated around principles. And integrity is the child of humility and courage. In fact, you could say that humility is the mother of all virtues because humility acknowledges that there are natural laws or principles that govern the universe. They are in charge. Pride teaches us that we are in charge. Humility teaches us to understand and live by principles, because they ultimately govern the consequences of our actions. If humility is the mother, courage is the father of wisdom. Because to truly live by these principles when they are contrary to social mores, norms and values takes enormous courage."

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People": Selected Quotes on Management

"The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

"Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out."

"I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow."

"Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important."

"Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic."

"People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them."

"Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education."

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People": Selected Quotes on Actions and Habits

"Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do)."

"The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions."

"Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions."

"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities."

"If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster."

"It is one thing to make a mistake, and quite another thing not to admit it. People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the mind, mistakes of judgment. But people will not easily forgive the mistakes of the heart, the ill intention, the bad motives, the prideful justifying cover-up of the first mistake."

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People": Selected Quotes on Personal Values

"People are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren’t getting very far. They, in essence, are pushing a rope...with all of their might."

"If you organize your family life to spend even ten or fifteen minutes a morning reading something that connects you with these timeless principles, it's almost guaranteed that you will make better choices during the day: in the family, on the job, in every dimension of life. Your thoughts will be higher. Your interactions will be more satisfying. You will have a greater perspective. You will increase that space between what happens to you and your response to it. You will be more connected to what really matters most."

"Begin each day with the blueprint of your deepest values FIRMLY in mind then when challenges come, make decisions BASED on those values."

"You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside."

"How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us; and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to do what really matters most."

"To maintain the P/PC Balance, the balance between the golden egg (production) and the health and welfare of the goose (production capability) is often a difficult judgment call. But I suggest it is the very essence of effectiveness."

"Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it immediately."

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People": Selected Quote on Relationships

"My wife and I just don't have the same feelings for each other we used to have. I guess I just don't love her anymore and she doesn't love me. What can i do?"
"The feeling isn't there anymore?" I asked.
"That's right," he reaffirmed. "And we have three children we're really concerned about. What do you suggest?"
"Love her," I replied.
"I told you, the feeling just isn't there anymore."
"Love her."
"You don't understand. the feeling of love just isn't there."
"Then love her. If the feeling isn't there, that's a good reason to love her."
"But how do you love when you don't love?"
"My friend , love is a verb. Love - the feeling - is a fruit of love, the verb. So love her. Serve her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her. Are you willing to do that?"

More Resources on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

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