The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


I have a confession to make. I have never read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But one day I would like to.

I really admire the book. It’s one of the most successful business books ever written, and there is a reason for that – it contains advice people can use.

I was reminded of this recently when I was looking for a motivational speaker for an event and came across one who was quoting from the book in his promotional material: “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”

This is powerful stuff and you can see why it has such an appeal to business people looking for ways to improve their performance at work.

From the moment you wake up, your mind is bombarded with distractions and stressors.

However, you can’t just avoid all of these things forever. Sometimes they’re good things. Sometimes they’re necessary evils. Sometimes you have to do them because your boss says so.

So how can you control the things that are out of control? How can you stop yourself from being distracted and stay productive in a world that’s always trying to get your attention?

Focus on 1 thing at a time

The key to staying focused is to compartmentalize your work and allow yourself to focus on 1 thing at a time. You see, multitasking doesn’t really exist — at least not in the way people think it does. Your brain isn’t wired to do multiple tasks simultaneously — it just rapidly switches from 1 task to another, losing time and energy in the process. In addition, if you try to tackle too many tasks at once, you’ll end up spreading yourself too thin and won’t be able to do any of them well.

To accomplish more with less effort, break down your projects into smaller tasks and commit yourself 100% until each task is complete before moving on to the next one. This allows you to bring your full mental resources to bear on each

HABIT 1: Be Proactive. You are a product of your own thoughts, so take control and make your life what you want it to be.

HABIT 2: Begin with the End in Mind. Define your mission and values, and begin each day, task, or project with them in mind.

HABIT 3: Put First Things First. Prioritize, and do the most important things first.

HABIT 4: Think Win-Win. Seek mutual benefit in all interactions.

HABIT 5: Seek First to Understand. Listen to people sincerely, seek to understand their viewpoint before sharing yours.

HABIT 6: Synergize. Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone.

HABIT 7: Sharpen the Saw. Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable long-term, effective lifestyle

Do you know what your employees are thinking? Do you think they’re all happy and content? They might not be. But you will never know if you don’t ask.

A recent survey by Salary.com found that 65 percent of workers say they’ve spent time at work looking for a new job. The top reason is that they don’t feel appreciated. This should scare managers who take employee satisfaction for granted.

Think about this: The

As organizations grow, the challenges to keep them running smoothly become more complex. Like a small boat that needs a captain to steer, large ships need many leaders in order to operate at peak efficiency. If you’ve ever been in charge of a project or department, you know how difficult it can be to get people to do what they’re told and make decisions that serve the company’s best interest.

Good leaders know they must lead by example and take responsibility for their actions. And while every situation is different, there are a few habits that all effective leaders practice. Here are seven habits of highly effective leaders:**

1. Outline clear goals**

2. Communicate constantly**

3. Delegate effectively**

4. Care about your employees**

5. Don’t micromanage**

6. Be confident but not arrogant**

7. Change your approach depending on the situation

To become a key player in your industry, you need to make two promises:

1. I will help you become more successful.

2. I will not waste your time.

It sounds obvious, but few people are willing to do both of these things consistently. Everyone is trying to sell something, but very few people are useful. It’s hard to be useful, so most people try to get away with just being an “expert” or an “influencer.” But if you’re not useful enough that someone would pay you money for your advice, then you’re not an expert. And if no one would use your advice unless they were paid to do so, then you’re not an influencer.

You can’t be both useful and useless at the same time. You might think it’s possible—after all, some people can be useful and also popular—but it’s only because their audience doesn’t understand how much their expertise costs them in opportunity cost. We tend to think everyone has the same amount of time and attention, so we don’t think about how much it costs people to pay attention to us. But most people do have a limited amount of time and attention; they have many tradeoffs they could make with those resources (and

A great street entertainer will get you to stop and watch for a few minutes, but the greatest street entertainers will get you to pay them money. The musician playing on the street corner for tips is a common sight, but not every busker has what it takes to stand out. Here are some of the secrets that can give you an advantage in any street entertainment situation.

Some musicians don’t like the idea of playing on the streets, saying they are above that kind of thing. This is the wrong attitude to have. Playing on the streets is very different than performing at a concert; there are no seats or tables to set up on and no stage to play on. You are going to be competing with traffic noise, other buskers, and whatever else happens to pass by.

The first thing you need to do when performing in public is grab people’s attention. You want your presence to be known by as many people as possible so they will stop and listen. You may not be able to get everyone’s attention, but you should try your best.


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