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The 7 habits of really effective people

The 7 habits of really effective people

June 12, 2024

Nowadays, due to the competition that exists in the world of work , companies pay a lot of attention to the effectiveness of its workers. But being effective is not only important if you work for someone, because if you want to undertake a project or if you are a student, being effective will be decisive when it comes to achieving success in any task you propose.

Has it ever happened to you that you do many things but it seems that you do not advance? Do you waste a lot of time on a task and you do not manage to finish it in the indicated period? Do you think you are very active but not very productive? If so, you may not be as effective as you thought.

In today's article, and inspired by the book "The seven habits of highly effective people" of Stephen R. Covey , we will review the most outstanding customs of the people that are highly effective in their day to day.


1. Be proactive

The proactive person Take control and conscious responsibility over your own life , he sets realistic goals and does not stop working to achieve his goals. Being proactive has to do with going out to look for opportunities, since the proactive understands that these opportunities will hardly come alone. Therefore, the proactive person creates his own destiny based on responding to his ambitions and challenges.

2. Start with an end in mind

This custom is closely related to personal development and motivation of the individuals. It refers to personal leadership and action, because an appropriate vision of the future can have positive consequences for the emotional health of an individual. It is important to understand that the end in mind must be realistic. Any goal that we mark must follow the SMART rule (they must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and must be achieved within a certain period), therefore Unrealistic goals negatively affect individual well-being .


3. First establish first

This point refers to the administration of the resources themselves and the rational application of these, and allows individuals make a distinction between the important and the urgent . You can have many goals, but priorities must always be established. Therefore, having a well-defined action plan and prioritizing each goal or goal, will be crucial to not do a thousand things at once and not finish any.

4. Think of win / win (mutual benefit)

This custom refers to mutual benefit and it is beneficial for the balance in interpersonal relationships, since it promotes the common good and equity. Cooperation and teamwork can bring many benefits: productivity increase , stress reduction, more creativity and learning, etc.


This habit is based on the study of human interaction paradigms, which are 6:

  • win win;
  • win / lose
  • I lose / win
  • I lose / lose
  • won
  • win / win or no deal

The first of these paradigms is the important to be effective, and is the opposite of gain-lose, which is common in many people because we have grown up in a society that values ​​competition.

5. Try to understand and then be understood

This habit also refers to cooperation and effective communication , and is based on the benefits of emotional intelligence. In addition, it is important for a correct social climate and for mutual respect and coexistence. Effective people have developed a capacity for empathy and active listening, to be understood later. In this way they build successful and constructive interpersonal relationships.

6. Synergize

This principle also refers to teamwork and collaboration. The synergy refers to working as a team (adding the talent) the collective result is greater than the sum of the members . That is to say, teamwork allows the talents of each individual to complement each other to create a final product that could not have been achieved individually.

7. Sharpen the saw

Sharpening the saw refers to continuous improvement and personal development in all areas of personality and it has to do with wellness . For the author of the book, sharpening the saw is based on the metaphor of a woodcutter. The woodcutter can use the saw for a while, but then he needs to stop and sharpen it in order to continue with his work. Effective people use rest (sharpen the saw) in a productive way, since taking a vacation, reading or training, meditating, exercising, etc., helps to continue to provide good service. People when they are not able to make a stop on the road in their lives and recharge their batteries, suffer negative consequences in their personality: physical, mental and socio-emotional.


THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE BY STEPHEN COVEY - ANIMATED BOOK REVIEW (June 2024).


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